Ancient Philosophy 29 (2):349-371 (2009)

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Catherine Joanna Rowett
University of East Anglia
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Osborne argues against the idea that Aristotle thinks that friends are useful for assisting us towards self-knowledge, and defends instead the idea that friends provide an extension of the self which enables one to obtain a richer view of the shared world that we view together. She then examines similar questions about why the good person would gain from encountering fictional characters in literature, and what kinds of literature would be beneficial to the good life.
Keywords Friendship  Self  Literature  Fictional characters
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