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Friendship is some sort of excellence or virtue and it is moreover most indispensable for lifeAristotle 214 In his writing Aristotle claims that without friendship it is merely impossible for one to live a complete and virtuous life In this paper I will compare the virtues of the good person to those of the bad person I will also explain the difference between the three kinds of friendships and how what kind of friendship one has depends on the kind of virtues you have Finally I will attempt to explain self-love because in order for us to be good friends and to have good friends Aristotle says that we must first be good friends with ourselves I will prove to you that it is indeed impossible to live a happy life without a good friendship In order to understand friendship one must first understand the virtue of oneself Aristotle puts virtue in a hierarchical form starting from the top and working down the hierarchy is as follows 1Super virtuous Megalospsychia 2Virtuous 3Strong-willed 4Weak-willed 5Bad 6Brutish At the top of the hierarchy is the super virtuous person or the Megalospsychia This person is at the top of the hierarchy because his practical reason is much stronger than his desire His souls desire and his practical reason are not in conflict The middle of the hierarchy the strong-willed and weak-willed souls is the area in which ones soul lives in constant conflict between desire and reason The reason in the strong-willed person will usually win over the desire Whereas in the weak-willed soul the desire of the soul will overcome the souls reason As you get further down the hierarchy past the weak-willed the appetite for desire becomes much stronger than the practical reason In other words almost everything one does is done for the sole purpose of selfish pleasure In order for a man to obtain a good friendship he must be at least virtuous on
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