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Find additional resources on the philosophy of friendship

Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics (VIII and IX) have been presented as the initial reading for exploring the idea of a philosophy of friendship.  Aristotle's philosophy has influenced Western thought for well over 2000 years now, but it will be useful for our study group if we can explore and consider other resources exploring a Philosophy of Friendship.

Search for more resources exploring the philosophy of friendship with a particular focus on non-Western thought and  contemporary philosophies of friendship. These resources can come from a range of media including academic articles, open educational resources (OER) video, blog posts, audio commentary and traditional books, however the focus should be upon finding freely available resources that are available online.

  • SEARCH: Search for resources using a range of tools including traditional search engines and academic databases.
  • RECORD: Add these resources to the Study Groups resource centre (non-linkable resources only require a correctly formatted citation and ISBN where applicable).
  • CITATION: Using the APA or similar citation system record the relevant information.
  • DESCRIBE: Briefly describe why you think this resource could be useful for the Study Group.
  • LICENSE: For each resource that you find, identify and record the license it is published under.
  • REFLECT (OPTIONAL):  Reflect upon your experiences of researching and responding to this task in a learning journal (blog, diary, podcast / vodcast).
    What went well during the resource searching process, what would you do differently if you were to attempt this task again? Did you learn anything interesting about friendship philosophy? 
  • RESPOND: In the task response field below, please identify all the resources you added to the Study Group.
    If you recorded a reflection and wish to share it with the group, please provide a link.


This task is designed to help us develop our electronic research and critical thinking skills.

The resource found in this task will be used as background reading for other learning tasks within the Philosophy of Friendship Study Group.


Did you record, cite, describe and identify the license for all the resources?
This task is self assessed, but peers are encouraged to comment on each other's responses.

Task Discussion

  • Joe Corneli   April 13, 2011, 12:32 p.m. is a summary of Derrida's "Politics of Friendship" by the author himself, presented as a transcript of a 1997 talk.  The bottom of the page says "All rights reserved © 1995-2003", which presumably refers to the design aspects of the page, not the content.  According to the UK's intellectual property office, "There is no copyright in speech unless and until it is recorded."  Since this text was recorded (transcription by Benjamin Noys), it is presumably © Jacques Derrida in the United Kingdom (which is where the talk was delivered).  It is therefor unclear how it got onto a UC Irvine (California) webpage...  In any case, whether it is used with permission there or not, we do not have permission to do anything with the document, except perhaps read it.

    One can compare this case wherein an Argentinian professor made Spanish translations of Derrida's work available, and served with a formal complaint by les Editions de Minuit, leading to legal action.  The professor in question says that les Editions de Minuit has no right to speak on behalf of Derrida or his descendents.   (This particular article is CC-By-NC-ND, incidentally -- a very non-permissive license, but it at least allows redistribution of the article in question!)

    For the record, Derrida himself once said "I feel that two weeks after my death, nothing at all of my work will be left, except what remains in the copyright registration library."

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