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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 28, Issue 2, 2018

Friendship—Around Michael H. Mitias’ Friendship: A Central Moral Value

Martha C. Beck
Pages 99-118

Plato’s Dialogues: Creating Friendship Bonds for 2400 Years

This paper is about: a) the model of friendship bonds Plato presents to us through his character, Socrates; b) the kinds of friendship bonds Plato tried to create with his students and wanted his students to create when they returned home; c) the friendship bonds lovers of Plato’s dialogues have created with each other for 2400 years; and d) the bonds that those who want to imitate Socrates should create with all of their fellowcitizens. Such bonds are critical for sustaining non-authoritarian societies. Since 2016, Westerners have become more aware of the need of intellectuals to develop these bonds.

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