Just Friends: The Ethics of (Postmodern) Relationships

  • Hugh J. Silverman
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 64)


Just Friends… Is it possible to be just friends? Who are just friends and who are not? Are just friends only friends if there is something more to it? The friends who are only friends are they friends because they have decided that they shall be nothing more – no love relation, no special interest, no intrigue – just friends? Or are they just friends because if there were anything more, then their relation might not be the kind of trust that would arise were they “really true friends?” Or are they just friends because there is a justice to their friendship – and hence a kind of friendship that resides elsewhere than in some decision effected by two or more persons. In this article I will discuss: I. Justice without Friendship; II. Friendship without Justice; III. The Justice of Friendship (a. Modern Friends – With Justice and Liberty for All; b. The Justice of Postmodern Friendships)


Common Ground French Revolution Friendship Relation Numerical Equality True Friend 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The International Association for Philosophy and Literature/Professor of Philosophy, and of Comparative Literary and Cultural StudiesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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