The word ‘friend’ has an honorific but restricted sense: one's friends fall outside the necessities and importunities of home, workplace, town, or country. In respect of Greek conceptual boundaries, there is a need to consider the relationships that constitute a family and a state, more precisely in their terms, a household and a city. Plato and Aristotle are able to apply the same term philia and this must have encouraged them to extend their theories, or rather to device theories that are extendible, to explain family and social relationships in ways not alien to their analysis of the closest of personal relationships. By determining the domain of a theory or to understand what Plato and Aristotle have to say about friends, there is a need to explore what they do say about their philoi.
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