Friendship Over Romance
Where: The Strand
212-473-1452 Price: $20, includes complimentary beer
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As a culture, we are obsessed with talking about love as the type of personal relationship we should primarily seek and strive for. But Isn’t friendship much more crucial in our lives?
Numerous philosophers have reflected upon the importance of friendship in the construction of our emotional balance but also in the definition of our identity and of our moral character. While the sentiment is lovely, seeing a friend as our alter ego can be problematic. What characteristics could friendship share with romantic or filial love? What features are exclusively defining friendship? What type of reciprocity is expected in a true friendship?
In this Olio we will come together to discuss the features of this demanding conception of friendship, and compare views about what it could truly mean to be a good friend.
Teacher: Jeanne Proust
Jeanne Proust has studied Philosophy and Visual Arts in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris. Her research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the frontiers of academia.