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Friendship and equality

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Friendship is paradigmatically a relationship between equals. Two people cannot be in an ideal friendship if they do not in some sense have equal authority. But what kind of equality of authority does friendship require, and why? In this talk I argue that ideal friendship requires equality of authority within the roles that structure the friendship. I suggest that this is because inequality in regard to such roles prevents the specific relationship from being fully voluntary.

This lecture is the third of four this term organised by the new CRASSH Research Network Illuminating Friendship. Open to all.

This talk is part of the CRASSH Illuminating Friendship series.

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