Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A18. The Nature of Friendship

Is it possible to be friends with your dog? Can the wicked be friends? How does friendship differ from familial bonds? Do friends have obligations to each other that they do not have to non-friends? In this seminar, we will explore the nature of friendship and its connection to other social bonds. Our texts will include philosophical essays, works of fiction, travel essays, and legal documents from a variety of historical periods and from both Western and non-Western perspectives. We will also explore the nature of friendship as depicted in film.

Nancy KendrickNancy Kendrick
Prentice Professor of Philosophy