While we have all experienced friendship, most people are hard-pressed to define what it is or how it is different from other relationships in their lives. Why do we consider some people our friends and others not? Why do some friendships last a long time while others are just temporary?
In this class, we will go beyond simply trying to define friendship. Rather, we will examine situations that make friendship difficult, inspect why friendships can be so essential in hard times in our lives, and study specific cases, such as advances in technology and differences in gender and race, that make friendships more complex. In doing so, we will become more careful thinkers about our own friendships and, perhaps, better friends to those around us.