By Fiona Foden
A humorous, touching tale approximately lifestyles alterations, friendship and primary love. Josie has lived on her boat, Promise, her entire lifestyles. She reveals it more straightforward to stroll on deck than she does to stroll on land. yet Promise has been condemned, and in flip, Josie is condemned to live to tell the tale dry land. Then she meets Leon, a boy from her neighbourhood...
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A “single friendship between two men” invokes an image markedly different from the transpersonal “world” in the interest of which Arendt’s redescription would deploy friendship. It suggests a singular, selective bond between individuals, directed by each toward the other in its uniqueness and intensity. The friendship Arendt wants us to imagine here is at odds, at least to some degree, with the friendship she so carefully distinguishes from intimacy. That “civic” friendship, modeled on the ancient Greeks (though not identical to either Aristotle’s “utilitarian” or his “virtuous” version), seems to operate in a different register of affect from that implied here.
4 On the one hand, late modern liberal citizenship is explicitly constructed as a form of contract, even as it is everywhere imagined as friendship; on the other hand, friendship appears to exceed citizenship’s minimal requirement of reciprocity. It is, then, a distinctive determination of friendship that is advanced within the liberal imaginary, and it is advanced precisely in the guise of “friendship as such”—so much so that it is easy to misrecognize this particular determination as friendship’s ontological, “suprahistorical” notion.
For Habermas, as for liberal economists and so-called Third Way theorists and politicians, this problem can be ameliorated if economic and political “systems” are more actively supervised by way of democratic deliberative processes so as to gain the benefits of efficiency they bestow without surrendering collective control over the damaging externalities they inevitably produce. It is in this context that the problematic of legitimation takes shape, so it is erroneous to dismiss liberalism as an ideological veil destined to secure the unfettered expansion of capital.