Single Idea 22499

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 5. Free Rider]

Full Idea

We know perfectly well that it is not true that the best life would consist in successfully pretending friendship: having friends to serve one but without being a real friend oneself.

Gist of Idea

We all know that just pretending to be someone's friend is not the good life


Philippa Foot (Natural Goodness [2001], 7)

Book Reference

Foot,Philippa: 'Natural Goodness' [OUP 2003], p.102

A Reaction

For some skallywags the achieving of something for nothing seems to be very much the good life, but not many of them want to exploit people who are seen to be their friends.