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Revista Lasallista de Investigación

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GARCES GIRALDO, Luis Fernando; HUERTA DIAZ, Omar  and  ARBOLEDA LOPEZ, Adriana Patricia. The friend in Aristotle as a possibility for self-knowledge and the differences between a friend and a flatterer. Rev. Lasallista Investig. [online]. 2017, vol.14, n.2, pp.192-202. ISSN 1794-4449.

From the aristotelean perspective, the differences between a friend and a flatterer are established, describing the essential elements which constitute a true friendship relationship, where elements of ethics as an essential virtue and self-knowledge come together. In this sense, it is established, following the Stagirite, that one have a friendship relationship without these conditions: 1) doing good, or what seems to be good, to others; 2) wishing that your friend exists and loves for the love of their own friend; 3) spending time with and choosing the same things as your friend; 4) sharing your friend's happiness and sorrows. Conversely, there can be no friendship if there are no conditions of equality, similar virtue and reciprocity between friends; where one wishes good for the other as much as for oneself.

Keywords : Friend; flatterer; frienship; Aristotle.

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