Friendship and the structure of trust

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Friendship might seem like a bizarre virtue—or not a virtue at all. Unlike courage and generosity, friendship seems to be a dyadic relation between two people. To be a friend is to be disposed to think, feel, desire, deliberate, act, and react in characteristic ways towards a particular person, who is likewise disposed to think, feel, desire, deliberate, act, and react in those same characteristic ways towards you. If no one else is a friend, then it is conceptually impossible for you to be a friend. This chapter describes some of the more interesting features of friendship, then explores the extent to which other virtues, such as trustworthiness, can be reconstructed as sharing those features.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom personality to virtue
EditorsAlberto Masala, Jonathan Webber
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780198746812
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • friendship
  • trust
  • virtue
  • extended mind


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