Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Friendship, as understood here, is a distinctively personal relationship that is grounded in a concern on the part of each friend for the welfare of the other, for the other's sake, and that involves some degree of intimacy. As such, friendship is undoubtedly central to our lives, in part because the special concern we have for our friends must have a place within a broader set of concerns, including moral concerns, and in part because our friends can help shape who we are as persons. Given this centrality, important questions arise concerning the justification of friendship and, in this context, whether it is permissible to “trade up” when someone new comes along, as well as concerning the possibility of reconciling the demands of friendship with the demands of morality in cases in which the two seem to conflict.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,385

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Moral Problem of Friendship.Matthew Angelo Tedesco - 2004 - Dissertation, University of Colorado at Boulder
Friendship and moral danger.Dean Cocking & Jeanette Kennett - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (5):278-296.
After Friendship.Mary Healy - 2016 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 50 (4).
After Friendship.Mary Healy - 2017 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 51 (1):161-176.
Friendship and the self.Dean Cocking & Jeanette Kennett - 1998 - Ethics 108 (3):502-527.
Paternalism and Friendship.Ellen L. Fox - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):575 - 594.
The Cognitive Demands of Friendship.Anna Brinkerhoff - 2022 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 104 (1):101-123.


Added to PP

330 (#65,591)

6 months
31 (#125,354)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Bennett W. Helm
Franklin and Marshall College

Citations of this work

Vices of Friendship.Arina Pismenny & Berit Brogaard - 2022 - In Arina Pismenny & Berit Brogaard (eds.), The Moral Psychology of Love. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. pp. 231-253.
Rethinking friendship.Mark Phelan - 2023 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 66 (5):757-772.
In defence of good simpliciter.Rach Cosker-Rowland - 2016 - Philosophical Studies 173 (5):1371-1391.

View all 25 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

Alienation, consequentialism, and the demands of morality.Peter Railton - 1984 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 13 (2):134-171.
Love as a moral emotion.J. David Velleman - 1999 - Ethics 109 (2):338-374.
What We Owe to Each Other.T. M. Scanlon (ed.) - 1998 - Harvard University Press.

View all 67 references / Add more references