. . . In general it would seem that the focal case
of friendship is the conscious, chosen, self-aware human
relationship that implies a rich network of factors about trust,
obligation, pleasure, and mutual concern.
~ A.C. Grayling*
Cover of Friendship
Founder of New College of the Humanities, philosopher and prolific writer A.C. Grayling has written a new book, Friendship (Yale University Press, October 2013), that examines, among other topics, the idea and history of friendship, the traditions of friendship in literature, other arts, and philosophy, different kinds of friendships (including virtual or Internet friendships), the experience of friendship, how technology alters relationships and shifts the cultural meaning of friendship, and how friendship influences ethics.
The video that follows offers a short excerpt from an interview YUP conducted with Grayling on publication of the insightful, thought-provoking book, the first in the series "Vices and Virtues".
Preview of Friendship
* Quoted from Excerpt of YUP Interview, "On Friendship: A Conversation with A.C. Grayling"