<philosophical terminology> Greek term for friendship or amiability. In the philosophy of Empedocles, the constructive principle counter-acting the destructive influence of neikos. Aristotle regarded friendship as a crucial component of the good life. Recommended Reading: Eros, Agape and Philia: Readings in the Philosophy of Love, ed. by Alan Soble (Paragon, 1999).
[A Dictionary of Philosophical Terms and Names]
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