In addition to these general conceptual questions, we can also consider questions in the context of other traditional areas of philosophy; for example:
What are the social and political issues related to friendship?
- Is friendship good for society or a potential source of schisms?
- What societal forms are most conducive to friendships?
- If friendship helps make a society cohesive, should the state be responsible for fostering and improving friendships?
- If bias and partiality are morally problematic, are friendships morally problematic?
- If some partiality is okay, does it follow that the partiality that grounds friendship — that of perceived similarities — is okay?
- Do we really know our friends better than anyone else or might our ideas about them be distorted by affection?
- How do our friends help us know ourselves and help us delude ourselves?
- Is there an "art of friendship"?
- How important are a friend's aesthetic tastes, for example her sense of humor or musical preferences?
- How important is our friend's attractiveness?
- How important should these aesthetic factors be?