The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy Newsletter

Document Type


Publication Date



My paper explicates the Aristotelian definition of friendship, and it demonstrates that friendship for Aristotle can be either altruistic or egoistic. Aristotelian friendship includes three species, one of which is altruistic and two of which are egoistic. Good friendship is essentially friendship, and it is for the sake of another. Useful and pleasant friendships are accidentally friendships, and they are for the sake of oneself.


Paul Schollmeier presented “An Aristotelian Definition of Friendship” to the Society at its meeting with the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association in San Francisco in 1995. It is a development of some of the ideas presented in his book: Other Selves: Aristotle on Personal and Political Friendship. SUNY 1994.

For information about the author see: