The Second Love: Aristotle's Three Types of Friendship


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In this episode, the gents discuss philia, or friendship, the second love in the C.S. Lewis/Ancient Greek hierarchy of love. The focus of this is on the Aristotelian conception of friendship and the three types of philia.

Show Highlights:

  • Who needs friends?
  • Why do we need friends?
  • The three causes of love.
  • Friendships of utility.
  • Friendships of pleasure.
  • Friendships of virtue.
  • Similarities and differences between the types of Aristotelian friendship.
  • The roles duration and absence play in strengthening friendship.
  • The act of friendship vs. the "state" of friendship.


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