Reissued in 1997 with corrections and a new Afterword, this book fully explores for the first time an idea common to Plato and Aristotle, which unites their treatments-- otherwise very different--of love and friendship. The idea is that although persons are separate, their lives need not be. One person's life may overflow into another's, and as such, helping another person is a way of serving oneself. The author shows how their view of love and friendship, within not only personal relationships, but also the household and even the city-state, promises to resolve the old dichotomy between egoism and altruism.
`There has been ... no book at all on the whole range of issues concerning love and friendship in both Plato and Aristotle ... A. W. Price's new book fills this gap, with eloquence and penetration ... the book [is] a valuable study of its topics as well as its texts.' Martha Nussbaum, Times Literary Supplement
'His precise and thorough study combines the rigour of exacting philosophical analysis with a scholar's knowledge of texts and interpretations, and both of these with more elusive qualities of wit and imagination that make the book a valuable study of its topic as well as its texts.'
Times Literary Supplement
'it is unusually well-written ... I have in mind not simply Price's spare and elegant prose but rather the fact that the style conveys a critical intelligence that continually challenges and engages the reader. The argumentation is economical but sustained: the exegesis is accurate and sympathetic. Price clearly has a special affinity with his subject ... an excellent study of its subject, which significantly advances our understanding of Greek thinking on
love and friendship as well as carrying larger implications about Greek ethical theory in general'
Christopher Gill, University of Exeter, Polis
'Love and Friendship is very densely written. Price's sentences are oftentimes exquisitely subtle; all are delicately nuanced and qualified ... one comes away intellectually disciplined; and perhaps that is its main point.'
'carefully crafted book'
Religious Studies Review, Volume 16, Number 4/October 1990
'This book can assist in sensitizing contemporary Christians to the value and importance of interpersonal relationships in home, church, and society.'
Guy Greenfield, Southwestern Journal of Theology
'Anthony Price has written a meticulous study of precisely what the title of his book indicates. Price's scholarship of classical and contemporary philosophical texts is admirable and his tireless energy in crafting highly nuanced, compressed, exegetical formulations is at times staggering.'
Nancy Sherman, International Studies in Philosophy
Friendship and desire in the Lysis; Love in the Symposium; Love in the Phaedrus; Perfect friendship in Aristotle; Aristotle on the varieties of friendship; The household; The City; Epilogue; Appendices; Homogeneity and beauty in the Symposium; Psychoanalysis looks at the Phaedrus ; Plato's sexual morality; Aristotle on erotic love; List of modern works cited.