Cracking the mirror: On Kierkegaard's concerns about friendship [Book Review]

In this article, I offer a brief account of some of Kierkegaard’s key concerns about friendship: its “preferential” nature and its being a form of self-love. Kierkegaard’s endorsement of the ancient idea of the friend as “second self” involves a common but misguided assumption: that friendship depends largely upon likeness between friends. This focus obscures a vitally important element, highlighted by the so-called “drawing” view of friendship. Once this is emphasized, we can see a significant aspect - though by no means all - of Kierkegaard’s worry as misplaced. However, the “drawing” view also enables us to begin to see what a “Kierkegaardian” friendship might look like.
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DOI 10.2307/27646211
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Aristotle (2012). Nicomachean Ethics. Courier Dover Publications.

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John Lippitt (2009). True Self-Love and True Self-Sacrifice. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (3):125 - 138.

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