The character of friendship

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For all the ways in which human beings differ with respect to objectives, practices, and preferences, a striking commonality among human beings is the considerable value that is placed upon friendship. There is every indication that what counts as a good friendship is the same across the globe, even when there are differences owing to societal practices. For example, whether they are female or male, it is commonplace for good friends in France to faire la bise (the kiss on each cheek) as a form of greeting; whereas in other parts of the world, for example, North America, women may greet one another with a ‘peck’ on the cheek but not men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThinking about Friendship
Subtitle of host publicationHistorical and Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781137003997
ISBN (Print)9781137003980
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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