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Subject/Keyword
Exemplar
Contemporary Struggle
Politics
Impotentiality
Friendship
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Mack, Norman
Supervisor and department
O'Driscoll, Michael (English and Films Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Tomsky, Terri (English and Film Studies)
Anselmi, William (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Ball, Karyn (English and Film Studies)
Department
Department of English and Film Studies
Specialization
English
Date accepted
2015-06-30T10:54:28Z
Graduation date
2015-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In this study, I examine the affirmation of the politics of friendship, offering a critique of the deployment of it as a means of struggle in contemporary politics. This examination is an attempt to explore the ways in which the affirmative development of friendship as a political relation have championed its positive content at the expense of its negative characteristics. Through the critique of Aristotle’s discourse of friendship, which holds up an exemplary form of friendship as its project, I offer a genealogy that incorporates the negative, specifically the not-friend, as an alternative to the exemplarity that so often characterizes the admirable in friendship.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3PR7N51W
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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