Friendship History

A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection

A Passion for Friends: Towards a
Philosophy of Female Affection
Janice G. RaymondBeacon Press1986

The ancient Greek philosophers believed that politics was the business of friends. Aristotle wrote that friendship glued states together and cemented political alliances. However, the citizens of the Greek city-states were exclusively male and these political theories were based upon strictly male friendship.  Since classical antiquity, philosophers have continued to probe the meaning and importance of friendship, yet the history of female affection has remained obscure. A Passion for Friends depicts the historical and cultural diversity of women’s association with one another and envisions a future in which friendship provides the basis for feminist purpose, passion, and politics.

Table of Contents:

1. Origins of Female Friendship: In the Beginning Was Woman
2. Varieties of Female Friendship: The Nun as Loose Woman
3. More Loose Women: The Chinese Marriage Resisters
4. Obstacles to Female Friendship
5. A Vision of Female Friendship: Two Sights-seeing