Philosophy of Friendship

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.

Session Two
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.