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DAGUERRE, Martín. On the Value of Friendship and Its Potential Conflict with Morals: A Review of the Contemporary Debate. Diánoia [online]. 2010, vol.55, n.64, pp. 47-69. ISSN 0185-2450.
Two accounts of friendship can be found in the contemporary debate: one of them is centered on the type of person the friend must be, the other is centered on the history of the relationship between two people that consider themselves friends. In this paper I defend a different account, centered on the type of relationship a friendship is. This account allows us to affirm the intrinsic value of the relationship, without having to admit that the special obligations arising from friendship can conflict with moral obligations.
Keywords : impersonal friendship; relationship; disposition; virtue; conflicting obligations.