Conversations about Virtue, Vice, and Being Human: FRIENDSHIP

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This is a past event.

Hancock Foundation Building (AHF), 410
3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

(due to university-wide COVID-19 preventative measures)

Open to all USC students | Snacks Provided

What are the ethics of friendship? Is a strong concept of right and wrong useful in negotiating the complicated ways we form, maintain, and even conclude relationships of affection and trust with others? What ethical tools do we have to understand situations in which we’ve wronged others or been wronged in such relationships? What are the duties and obligations that come with friendship, especially in cases of conflict with other moral duties? What distinguishes friendship from the various other ways we form affective ties with others, such as in acts of love and attachment, admiration, wonder, reciprocity, utility, and the like?

Please join Professor Lucas Herchenroeder, Department of Classics, and Dr. Richard Edinger, Executive Director of Thematic Option and USC Dornsife Honors Programs, for an informal discussion on the nature of friendship and its continued relevance in contemporary ethical debate as we reflect on the intersection of human happiness and ethics. All are welcome!

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Students


University Park Campus


Dornsife, Philosophy, Thematic Option, Classics, Ethics


Thematic Option


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