True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness
By: John Cuddeback, Ph.D.
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: Catholic Courses
Publication Date: 2012
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Have you ever felt lonely, even when surrounded by people? Do you feel like you're missing something important in your friendships?
Men and women are made, created, for friendship - but not just with passing or casual acquaintances. We are designed for real, deep, lasting friendship of the highest kind. Without that friendship, we often feel unsatisfied, empty, or simply alone.
Not All Friendships
Did you know that there are different kinds of friendship? Dr. John Cuddeback, your professor for this course, describes the basic kinds of friendships, but he also shows you what friendship in the fullest sense really is - far more than being simply "pals" or "BFF's." Professor Cuddeback shows that Aristotle's division of friendships into three kinds - utility, pleasure or virtue - has a pressing relevance for our lives today.
and Personal Virtue
Courage, fortitude, wisdom, charity... what can these virtues have to do with friendship? Being virtuous, says Aristotle, is how man becomes happy. If we want a real friendship, we must first become the kind of person one would want to be friends with.
Professor Cuddeback issues a challenge to personal virtue to everyone who longs for abiding friendship. Find someone else who is also striving to grow in virtue - together you can form the kind of friendship God intends us to have.
In this course, Professor Cuddeback deftly weaves together the age-old wisdom of the Greeks and the fundamental teachings of Sacred Scripture to reveal the most rewarding of human achievements - being a friend. He takes the thoughts of the great philosopher Aristotle, the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, and the sublime teachings of Jesus Christ to illustrate the nature and requirements of true friendship.
Join Professor Cuddeback to discover what friendship is, why we seek it, why good friends are so often hard to find, and how to make the friends (and be the friend) you've always desired.
Dr. Cuddeback holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He is Professor of Philosophy at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia. He has lectured widely on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship. His book Friendship: The Art of Happiness was republished in 2010 as True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness. His writings have appeared in Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, and The Review of Metaphysics, as well as in several volumes published by the American Maritain Association.
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