Carol Cooper

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Carol B. Cooper teaches political theory at the University of Houston. Her research and teaching interests include ancient political philosophy, early modern political theory, and the intersection of religion and politics.

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John von Heyking’s analysis of friendship in The Form of Politics centers on the Greek concept of sunaisthesis, the triangle of perception and recognition that occurs when two friends, both interiorly oriented towards the good, are simultaneously “beholding the good while beholding one another beholding the good.”[1] Von Heyking argues that sunaisthesis, which is characteristic of Aristotelian “virtue-friendship,” is both…