This is a philosophical examination of human relationships in general; however, the primary emphasis is on exploring the nature and meaning of love and friendship. Considerable attention is given to current and historical perspectives and a variety of gender and social issues. More specific areas include deception, trust, honesty, self-knowledge, commitment, intimacy, genuine compassion and sexuality. Many insights from a variety of perspectives-psychological, historical, religious, literary-are integrated, and particular consideration is given to several significant feminist views.