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Keeping the Friend in Epicurean Friendship

Thomas Carnes ORCID logo
From the journal Apeiron


There seems to be universal agreement among Epicurean scholars that friendship characterized by other-concern is conceptually incompatible with Epicureanism understood as a directly egoistic theory. I reject this view. I argue that once we properly understand the nature of friendship and the Epicurean conception of our final end, we are in a position to demonstrate friendship’s compatibility with, and centrality within, Epicureanism’s direct egoism.

Corresponding author: Thomas Carnes, Department of English and Philosophy, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 10996, USA, E-mail:


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