Mary Astell’s theory of spiritual friendship

  title={Mary Astell’s theory of spiritual friendship},
  author={Nancy Kendrick},
  journal={British Journal for the History of Philosophy},
  pages={46 - 65}
  • Nancy Kendrick
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Philosophy
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
ABSTRACT Mary Astell’s theory of friendship has been interpreted either as a version of Aristotelian virtue friendship, or as aligned with a Christian and Platonist tradition. In this paper, I argue that Astell’s theory of friendship is determinedly anti-Aristotelian; it is a theory of spiritual friendship offered as an alternative to Aristotelian virtue friendship. By grounding her conception of friendship in a Christian–Platonist metaphysics, I show that Astell rejects the Aristotelian… 
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