Bioscience approaches to friendship hos Institut for Naturfagenes Didaktik - Københavns Universitet

Philosophy of science is concerned with the limits of validity of theories and models developed in some field of research.

This project aims at investigating biological and/or neuroscientific studies of friendship at various levels of organization and complexity, such as approaches from neuroscience, network theory, ethology or behavioural ecology to the study of friendship in human as well as non-human animals.

Such a study may address questions like:

  • In what sense can aspects of friendship be approached quantitatively?
  • How can different forms of friendship be conceptualized and made operational for measurement withing a particular methodology or style of reasoning?
  • What is the role of similarity or complementarity in the relation between friends?
  • Can friendship be considered as an aspect of the Umwelt of a species?

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