The Friends of Politics

  • Author / Creator
    Mack, Norman
  • In this study, I examine the affirmation of the politics of friendship, offering a critique of the deployment of it as a means of struggle in contemporary politics. This examination is an attempt to explore the ways in which the affirmative development of friendship as a political relation have championed its positive content at the expense of its negative characteristics. Through the critique of Aristotle’s discourse of friendship, which holds up an exemplary form of friendship as its project, I offer a genealogy that incorporates the negative, specifically the not-friend, as an alternative to the exemplarity that so often characterizes the admirable in friendship.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2015
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  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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