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Although the "college experience" is typically understood to revolve around the academic experiences had by students at their college of choice, it is realistically determined by the social engagements and relationships that students have fostered throughout their academic career. With that in mind, this research project utilizes Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to analyze the importance of friendship among college students, and how friendship helps students to develop mentally and spiritually. Furthermore, this paper includes a proposal as to what Marquette University can do to encourage healthy friendships among students, as healthy friendships will not only help students but help Marquette University to keep in line with the Marquette Mission and the ideals of its Catholic and Jesuit roots.

Publication Date

Fall 2012


college, university, Aristotle, friendship, Nicomachean Ethics, Marquette University, virtue, moral, goodwill, pleasure, utility, Marquette Mission, Catholic, Jesuit




A poster and paper completed for English 3210. Access to this poster and paper are available at Marquette University only.

The Importance of Friendship: A Philosophical Application of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics Through Ethnographic Research