Tag Archives: Friendship


I do feel – and feel is the right word – that Herbert McCabe’s ‘On Aquinas’ deserves a wider audience. So many important themes, from so many thinkers, rendered limpid in a thesis all of his own. Of course there’s … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Language, Life, Philosophy, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Art of Friendship

I listened to a Philosophy Bites podcast this week on the topic of ‘friendship’. It made me think afresh about the balance of ‘duties to all’ versus special treatment for a ‘selected few’ – i.e. our friends. Alexander Nehamas’ argument … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Ethics, Life, Philosophy, Psychology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Veni, Vidi, Amici

As I get on in life, I get to spend time with some interesting, clever people. But they can come with sizeable egos. And that can translate into ‘High Status Behaviours’. That’s not necessarily a problem. ‘Happy High Status’ is … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Ethics, Life, Philosophy, Truisms, Work | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Equals and Similars

Aristotle has some interesting things to say about society and man as a social animal. In summary, man is by nature social. Intelligence and virtue are our best qualities. And, justice is the minimum common bond which keeps us from … Continue reading

Posted in Aristotle, Ethics, Politics, Work | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Olympic Ideals

It’s easy to knock sport. Huff and puff, crass commercialism even corruption. But sport can also be pure human expression, ballet, drama and gladiatorial combat – sometimes all rolled into one. The Greeks knew this. This morning I had a … Continue reading

Posted in Achilles, Ethics, Life | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Harp Player

In pursuit of the good life, Aristotle has sent me in a couple of very important directions recently. First the harp. He says that the work of the harp player is to play the harp, and of the good harp … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments