Familiar Names Receive Recognition: CNY Books and Authors
You’ve got a friend in me
Auburn resident, and professor and department chair of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego, Tim Delaney, recently co-authored a book with Tim Madigan of Rochester, NY, who is a professor and department chair of philosophy at St. John Fisher College. “Friendship and Happiness: And the Connection Between the Two” uses both of the academic’s professional fields to explore how to overcome unhappiness.
The “Two Tims” were inspired to write a book after Madigan published an article 10 years ago with friendship as the focus. “Which generated a great deal of response,” Madigan says, “And got us both thinking that exploring the nature of friendship in the modern age would be a fruitful endeavor.” The book begins by exploring the foundational concepts of friendship, looking to Aristotle’s three categories of friendship, and goes on to explore modern categories like casual friends, close friends, and best friends, as well as the increasingly common virtual friendships. The authors themselves can credit their work as a source of their own happiness, as Madigan says, “I’m glad to say that the two Tims have remained good friends over the decade or so we spent working on this!”