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‘And they are more fond of their friends and companions than the other ages (prime of life, and old age), owing to the pleasure they take in social intercourse (‘their liking for company’), and to their not yet having learnt to measure everything by the standard of profit or selfinterest, and therefore not their friends (either)’. Of the three kinds of friendship, Eth. N. VIII 2, 3, 4, founded severally upon (1) good (i.e. real, moral, good, the only basis of perfect friendship or love), (2) pleasure, and (3) profit or utility, that of young men belongs to the second. Of these it is said, c. 3, 1156 a 13, ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ οἱ δἰ ἡδονήν: οὐ γὰρ τῷ ποιούς τινας εἶναι (by reason of their moral character) ἀγαπῶσι τοὺς εὐτραπέλους, ἀλλ᾽ ὅτι ἡδεῖς αὑτοῖς.

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