FYS Endeavor - 2021-2022


The cultivation of intercultural friendships has become increasingly present in the 21st century. As more individuals across the globe continue to connect with each other, it becomes important to identify how one can best navigate such friendships as well as why they have greater significance beyond simple social benefits. Through comparing philosophical texts regarding friendship between individuals with different stations in life, I extrapolate that intercultural friendships are most effectively built through recognising the cultural differences and potential inequities between individuals, whilst also finding common ground when it comes to their interests and aspirations. Afterwards, I identify that these forms of friendships can be pivotal to addressing social justice issues through the examples of gender violence and the climate crisis, and how intercultural friendship is a necessary constituent of sustainable solutions to such issues.