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Theories of Friendship
Theories of friendship

We feel friendly to those who have treated us well, either ourselves or those we care for; … And also to those who we think wish to treat us well. And also to our friends' friends, and to those who like, or are liked by, those whom we like ourselves. And also to those who are enemies to those whose enemies we are, and dislike, or are disliked by, those whom we dislike.

—Aristotle (trans. 1984, Book II, 4)

Why do we choose some people as friends but not others? Why are we happier in some friendships than others? Why do some friendships end, whereas others flourish and grow? Various social scientists have developed theories of friendship to answer these kinds of ...

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