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Introduction Aristotle a pupil of Plato is one of the greatest ancient Athenian philosophers Nicomachean Ethics is Aristotles most advanced work on ethics In fact Nicomachean Ethics was written around 340 BC It is most likely to have been named after either his father or son who were both named Nicomachus Undoubtedly friendship is one of the most important elements in the books of Aristotles ethical principles Out of the ten books of Nicomachean Ethics only books eight and nine are on the subject of friendship Friendship is defined as the relationship with a person you know well and regard with affection and trust Askmecom Online Dictionary httpdictionaryansmecom Self-love is defined as concern with only your own wishes and desires Encarta Online Dictionary httpencartamsncomencnetfeaturesDictionaryDictionaryHomeaspx In natural human nature people do not want to be lonely They have an urge to socialize and affiliate as mankind is a social and political animal People are by nature political animals Aristotle Politics i29 1252 Moreover friendship is equal to self-love because in true friendships one will love hisher friends as heshe loves himherself Friendship And Happiness In Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle examines happiness which he defines as the good towards which every human action is directed Friendship brings people the most happiness as people need love to survive According to Aristotle an important ingredient of happiness is friendship Friendship is the bond between the individual and the social aggregation between man and the State Man is essentially or by nature a social animal that is to say he cannot attain complete happiness except in social and political dependence on his fellow man Catholic Encyclopaedia httpwwwnewadventorgcathen01713ahtm Here he is saying that friendship seems to be the bond that holds communities together Without doubt any individual will feel lonely without friends In fact human beings and even other creatures have a natural urge to affiliate Many animal species affiliate collecting in groups flocks or schools to migrate or search
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