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Dissertation

The Economics of Friendship

In this doctoral dissertation (2012) the effects of the monetization of the Greek world in the 5th and 4th century on conceptions of reciprocity in friendship are analyzed.

Author
Tazuko van Berkel
Date
27 November 2012
Links
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In this doctoral dissertation (2012) the effects of the monetization of the Greek world in the 5th and 4th century on conceptions of reciprocity in friendship are analyzed. It argues that in this period the questions and views about the nature of friendship reflect concerns with the isomorphism between reciprocity within friendship and exchange on market economic terms. The insistence on the subjective moments in friendly exchange, i.e. on internalized dispositions (gratitude, trust) and on the singularity of both persons and objects, is a conceptual reaction on the danger of isomorphism.

This dissertation received the Legatum Stolpianum award. You can read about it  here (in Dutch) and  here (in English). This prize, established in the last will of Jan Stolp in 1753, is one of the oldest academic prizes in Europe.

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