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While Saint Thomas Aquinas roots his political thinking in the natural law whose community is cosmopolis, with God as its ruler, he provides the basis for affirming the justice of, and citizen attachment to, particular regimes. All human relationships, with one another and with God, are mediated through a dense network of civic, social, and ecclesial ties. Aquinas would agree…

I want to commend Professor John von Heyking for writing a truly refreshing and original analysis of Churchill’s understanding and practice of friendship as the “key to politics” (vii).[1]  Although it is not easy to add anything new or compelling to the crowded literature on Churchill, von Heyking certainly achieves this feat. This work of “empirical political philosophy” (viii) confirms…

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Thanks to Steven F. McGuire for organizing the symposium on John von Heyking's book, The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship!
Please see the features below!
Joshua Bowman’s “Friendship and ‘Filthy’ Politics in Plato and Aristotle”
Carol Cooper’s “Contemplating Friendship”
James Greenaway’s “The Form of Politics as Friendship”
Rodolfo Hernandez’s “Aristotle and Plato on Friendship”
John von Heyking’s “’The Delicate Shimmer of Interlaced Rainbows’:…

I thank Steven McGuire for organizing this symposium and Lee Trepanier for publishing it here on Voegelinview. Away from the friendships unfriendly that dominate the internet and social media, Voegelinview is an online forum for serious discussion open to anyone who wishes to participate. I am grateful to the contributors—Carol Cooper, Rudy Hernandez, James Greenaway, and Joshua Bowman— for taking…

In The Form of Politics, John von Heyking directs his readers to the critical importance of friendship in the political thought of Aristotle and Plato. The title nicely captures the key finding of the book: true friendship between individuals was thought by Aristotle and Plato to provide an analog for the harmony that might be achieved in a political community.…

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…

The Italian philosopher and statesman, Benedetto Croce, once wrote that, “politics and filth are so frequently identified in the ordinary conversation of people that the thoughtful person is rather puzzled by the situation. Why should politics, one of the fundamental activities of man, one of the perpetual forms of the human spirit, alone enjoy homage of such contemptuous language? We…

For I saw it was impossible to do anything without friends and loyal followers; and to find such men ready to hand would be a piece of sheer good luck, once our city was no longer guided by the customs and practices of our fathers, while to train up new ones was anything but easy.
- Plato, Epistle VII, 325d.
 
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