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From antiquity to modernity, friendship is one of the fundamental aspects of social interaction. It is universally agreed upon that a life without friendship is significantly less rich than a life with friendship. What is friendship at its best like, and what distinguishes it from ‘lesser’ forms of friendship? Answering this question is the fundamental aim of this article. The article concludes with a few considerations about what may be one of the greatest threats ever to friendship at its best, namely, technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-4, Second Edition
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123739322
ISBN (Print)9780123736321
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Companion friendship as another self
  • Friends versus siblings
  • Hooking up
  • Parental love
  • Privacy
  • Self-disclosure
  • Spending time together
  • Technology and friendship
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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