A Comparison Of Aristotle And Aristotle : The Four Types Of Friendship

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In his time, Aristotle wrote many works on different topics. In arguably one of his most popular works, Nicomachean Ethics, specifically in Book 8, he explores the virtue of friendship. He believes that there are three branches of friendship: that of utility (where two parties derive some benefit from each other), of pleasure (where two parties come together for the sake of pleasure received) and that of the good (where two parties of similar good virtues come together, admire one another for it and help each other strive for more goodness). The last of these types is of the highest form, with Aristotle describing it to be ‘perfect’. It is also naturally permanent unlike the other two, because these friends are not concerned about any other external factor outside of the other’s personality and virtues.
On the other hand, C.S Lewis’s view of friendship is quite different. In his book, The Four Loves (wherein he describes the four types of intimate human bonds: Affection, Eros, Friendship and Charity), he states that firstly, friendship is the least natural of the four. We do not require it, and can live without it. He also states that in the ancient world (relating to Aristotle), friendship seemed to provide the highest state of human fulfillment and happiness. Whereas in the modern world, it is ignored, and rather treated with derision.
The first and most obvious difference that Aristotle would comment on would be how Lewis views friendship as a quality that is not

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