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Ethical Egoism and Psychological Dispositions. By Laurence Mordekhai

The topic of friendship has a special place in my heart and in my philosophical thought. Ages ago, I argued in “Ethical Egoism and Psychological Dispositions” that genuine friendship is incompatible with being an egoist. That argument strikes me as more convincing now than ever before. And if, as Aristotle claimed, no one would ever choose to live without friends, then ethical egoism is far more untenable than philosophers would ever have supposed, clever arguments to the contrary notwithstanding. In the first essay entitled friendship, I try to bring out the majesty of friendship. In the second, essay entitled friendship, I make the radical suggestion that we might settle for less than saint-hood in order to maintain friendship at its best—companion friendship, as it call it. In the most recent essay, I make an observation that, as far as I can tell, no one has ever made, namely that those who have been the object of majestic parental love are those who will make the best companion friends.

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