This essay brings together some lines of thought contained in Maria Markus's ‘Lovers and Friends’ (2010) and ‘Decent Society and/or Civil Society?’ (2001), and, on that basis, explores possibilities for thinking about friendship in the context of contemporary social change. I begin by situating current problems concerning the semantics of friendship in their historical trajectory. I then go on to elaborate friendship's ‘normative flexibility’, that is, its relative immunity to reifying societal pressures. Finally, I reflect upon the connexions between friendship's normative particularities and Markus's elaboration of ‘decency’.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|