Spinoza on Friendship

Philosophia 40 (2):305-317 (2012)
Abstract
Friendships have always been one of the most valuable assets in the lives of human beings, and friendships were of utmost importance to Spinoza. There are different kinds of friendship but for Spinoza genuine friendship can only occur among those who pursue the truth. In this paper I will (1) point out what Spinoza means by the truth, (2) show how friendships are possible even though there is tension in our lives between our desire to preserve ourselves and our desire to preserve others, (3) differentiate two kinds of friendship, and (4) see what if anything is missing from his account of friendship
Keywords Friendships  Ordinary friendship  True friendship  Truth  Self-preservation  Preservation of others
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