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Why virtual friendship is no genuine friendship
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9984-7831
2012 (English)In: Ethics and Information Technology, ISSN 1388-1957, E-ISSN 1572-8439, Vol. 14, no 3, 201-207 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a modern reading of Aristotle's theory of friendship, we argue that virtual friendship does not qualify as genuine friendship. By 'virtual friendship' we mean the type of friendship that exists on the internet, and seldom or never is combined with real life interaction. A 'traditional friendship' is, in contrast, the type of friendship that involves substantial real life interaction, and we claim that only this type can merit the label 'genuine friendship' and thus qualify as morally valuable. The upshot of our discussion is that virtual friendship is what Aristotle might have described as a lower and less valuable form of social exchange.

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2012. Vol. 14, no 3, 201-207 p.
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Virtual friendship, Aristotle, Virtue ethics, Facebook
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102616DOI: 10.1007/s10676-011-9284-4ISI: 000307508700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84865403937OAI: diva2:555793

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Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2012-09-21Bibliographically approved

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