Civic friendship in caristotle: Concord and fraternity

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The article shows the importance of friendship in the context of Aristotelian political philosophy. this importance is verified in its specific weight compared with justice. As it is known, Aristotle argues that the pursuit of friendship outranks the pursuit of justice in the polis. Particularly, the article focuses on the role of concord, as a special type of civic friendship, in terms of preserving the unity and stability of the polis. to grasp its significance, we have to consider the role of concord as a supplement of the political condition of the human being. Concord is necessary in the light of the trend to the struggle between the parts of the city, between the demos and the oligarchs. Since this fight endangers the continuity of the polis, concord among citizens becomes a privileged background of early republican fraternity, which has not enjoyed sufficient attention in the field of history of political philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-67
JournalAnales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Class struggle
  • Concord
  • Democracy
  • Fraternity
  • Friendship
  • Republicanism


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