True Friendship (Streaming Video)

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Have you ever felt lonely, even when surrounded by people? Do you feel like you're missing something important in your friendships?
You probably are.

Men and women are made, created, for friendship - but not just with passing or casual acquaintances. We are designed for real, deep, lasting friendship of the highest kind. Without that friendship, we often feel unsatisfied, empty, or simply alone.

Not All Friendships Are Equal

Did you know that there are different kinds of friendship? Dr. John Cuddeback, your professor for this course, describes the basic kinds of friendships, but he also shows you what friendship in the fullest sense really is - far more than being simply "pals" or "BFF's." Professor Cuddeback shows that Aristotle s division of friendships into three kinds - utility, pleasure or virtue - has a pressing relevance for our lives today.

True Friends and Personal Virtue

Courage, fortitude, wisdom, charity... what can these virtues have to do with friendship? Being virtuous, says Aristotle, is how man becomes happy. If we want a real friendship, we must first become the kind of person one would want to be friends with.

Professor Cuddeback issues a challenge to personal virtue to everyone who longs for abiding friendship. Find someone else who is also striving to grow in virtue - together you can form the kind of friendship God intends us to have.

Ancient and Biblical Wisdom

In this course, Professor Cuddeback deftly weaves together the age-old wisdom of the Greeks and the fundamental teachings of Sacred Scripture to reveal the most rewarding of human achievements - being a friend. He takes the thoughts of the great philosopher Aristotle, the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, and the sublime teachings of Jesus Christ to illustrate the nature and requirements of true friendship.

Join Professor Cuddeback to discover what friendship is, why we seek it, why good friends are so often hard to find, and how to make the friends (and be the friend) you've always desired.
  1. An Introduction to Happiness and Friendship
  2. The Nature and Kinds of Friendship
  3. What It Takes to Form True Friendship
  4. Growing Together in Moral Character
  5. Conversation between Friends
  6. Friendship and the Broader Community
  7. Friendship, Dating, and Marriage
  8. Charity: Friendship with God and Neighbor
Lecture Sample


Meet Your Professor

Dr. John Cuddeback took his B.A. at Christendom College. He received his M.A. from the Catholic University of America where he also took his Doctorate in Philosophy in 1997. He is Professor of Philosophy at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia.

Professor Cuddeback’s classes include Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Human Nature, Metaphysics, History of Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Ethics, Philosophy of God, Society, and the Common Good, and Philosophy of Family and Household.

His book, True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness was republished by Epic Publishing in 2010. Professor Cuddeback writes and lectures frequently on various topics including virtue, culture, natural law, contemplation, and friendship.

Professor Cuddeback is a member of the American Maritain Association and has served as editorial advisor for Faith and Reason. His writings have appeared in Nova et Vetera, The Thomist, and The Review of Metaphysics.


Homeschooling Products

The Homeschooling Set includes the Streaming Video and Homeschooling Course Guide. Each Course Guide contains everything needed for a student to complete the course, including:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Quizzes
  • Final Essay
  • Lecture Notes
  • Answer Key


Product Format:
Streaming Video