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American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 93, Issue 3, Summer 2019

Guy Guldentops
Pages 551-576
DOI: 10.5840/acpq2019521182

Francesco Piccolomini’s Christian-Neoplatonic Reading of Aristotle’s Theory of Friendship

Francesco Piccolomini (1523–1607) interprets Aristotle’s theory of friendship from a Christian-Neoplatonic perspective. This paper focuses on the various (ancient, medieval, and Renaissance) sources of Piccolomini’s interpretation and shows that he succeeds in expounding a coherent doctrine in which the Aristotelian ideal of civic friendship is integrated into a theocentric ethics of spiritual love.

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