Published 03/23/12

Philosophies of friendship

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (March 23, 2012) — In his new book, Friendship as a Way of Life: Foucault, AIDS, and the Politics of Shared Estrangement , Bryant University faculty member Tom Roach explores philosophies of friendship - from Aristotle's definition, which Roach argues creates exclusionary hierarchies, to Epicurean friendships that are open and receptive to the unfamiliar, to his own exploration of friendships as anti-institutional and foundational to progressive political activism, specifically AIDS activism.

In this podcast (9:35), Roach, assistant professor of English and cultural studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, talks with University Relations' Paul DeWolf about the book and his view that "the politics of friendship are at the heart of activist movements and socialist movements."