Philosophy and Friendship

Friday February 15: 7:00PM 8:00PM

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We always talk about love as the type of personal relationship we should primarily seek and thrive for. But Isn’t friendship much more crucial in our lives?

Numerous philosophers have reflected upon the importance of friendship in the construction of our emotional balance but also in the definition of our identity and of our moral character. While the sentiment is lovely, seeing a friend as our alter ego can be problematic. We will try to discuss the features of this demanding conception of friendship, and compare views about what it could truly mean to be a good friend. What characteristics could friendship share with romantic or filial love? What features are exclusively defining friendship? What type of reciprocity is expected in a true friendship?

Teacher: Jeanne Proust has studied Philosophy and Visual Arts in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris. Her research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the frontiers of academia.

Complimentary beer by our presenting partner Sixpoint Brewery.

Sixpoint’s motto is “Beer is Culture,” to highlight the human trajectory—the earliest human civilizations were founded upon the cultivation of cereal grains for making beer. Sixpoint aims to perpetually inspire the art, creativity, and collaboration generated through beer by acknowledging the history of the craft, while forging ahead to inspire culture in a modern setting.