Aristotle's Three Types Of Friendship According To Aristotle

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According to Aristotle there are three types of friendships that exist between two people, although not all of them are equal, they are all good. The first is friendship based on utility, the second is based on pleasure and the third type is friendship is based on goodness. E.M. Forster Where Angels Fear to Tread, shows us a story where we see Aristotle’s three different types of friendship. Friendship is a necessity in our lives. It is a mutual relationship of goodness between two people. Without friendship there really is no way to live, a person needs a companion socially, emotionally and to have a bond with someone. Each one wants what is best for one another. “Nobody would choose to live without friends even if he had all the other good …show more content…
They may only keep each other company because they feel they will get some benefit or take advantage of each other in some way. The second type of friendship that exists between two people according to Aristotle is friendship based on pleasure. This friendship is where both people are in a relationship because of their looks, good qualities; you enjoy spending time with them. This is mostly between people at a young age because their feelings are always changing just like what pleases them changes. The third type of friendship which is based on goodness is different than the first two. “Only the friendship of those who are good, and similar in their goodness, is perfect” (The Nicomachean Ethics 205) this is when two people who are alike want the best for each other. You admire the goodness for one another which is a true friendship and the best …show more content…
This friendship is seen between Gino and his son. Goodness is when you want the best for each other. The relationship between father and son is an unequal relationship because the son cannot love back. However we learn from Aristotle that people of unequal standings can achieve a friendship of goodness. This relationship can still have a friendship because in friendship loving is more important than being loved. It is more honorable to give the love than to receive it. Gino loves his son with all his heart and intends to raise his child even though the baby does not love him in

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