Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Stephanie Weiner

Major

English

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

We here state the guiding propositions that we will attempt to show over the course of this thesis: The happiness of our friends is, as John Stuart Mill might claim, the purpose of our lives. We love our friends selflessly and we are willing to sacrifice ourselves (our pride, our bodies) for them. From Jane Austen and Samuel Johnson, we learn that when we love our friends selflessly, we can empathize with them more perfectly. Only once we empathize fully with our friends, and make their happiness the purpose of our lives, will we understand what makes them laugh.

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