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5.0 out of 5 stars A friend indeed
Mark Vernon applies his considerable scholarly credentials to a universal theme, and the result is a clear and amiable account of the meaning of friendship. His source material tends to lie with the ancient Greeks and with Christian theology, though this doesn't prevent him from referring to Michel Foucault, for example, in an examination of the links between friendship...
Published on 4 May 2010 by Berry Berry

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to a point.
The book kicks off interestingly, questioning types of friendships - especially the superficial friendship in the work place. It then gets entrenched in what renowned philosophers have said on the subject and therefore essentially rehashes what many have said before.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A friend indeed, 4 May 2010
This review is from: The Meaning of Friendship (Paperback)
Mark Vernon applies his considerable scholarly credentials to a universal theme, and the result is a clear and amiable account of the meaning of friendship. His source material tends to lie with the ancient Greeks and with Christian theology, though this doesn't prevent him from referring to Michel Foucault, for example, in an examination of the links between friendship and homosexuality, or to Copernicus in a discussion of Friends Reunited.

Readers looking for a self-help book on friendship should look elsewhere as there is little practical emphasis on emotional life or psychology. But those looking for a semi-academic volume that focuses on the history and the idea of friendship will not be disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 23 April 2010
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Denise Inge (Worcester, England) - See all my reviews
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This book makes fascinating reading. It opened my eyes to the ways in which our modern view of friendship has been shaped by understandings of friendship in the past, and I particularly enjoyed his discussion of the internet -- how cyber-friendship has initiated new concepts of friendship, and may alter our ability to make lasting friends. We are all aware that friendship is important, and we all want to have friends but few of us take the time to explore what friendship is about. This impassioned plea for friendship examines the uncertainties, limits and ambiguities of friendship, and brings us a dynamic view of its perils and promise. A book not to miss.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to a point., 27 Feb 2013
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The book kicks off interestingly, questioning types of friendships - especially the superficial friendship in the work place. It then gets entrenched in what renowned philosophers have said on the subject and therefore essentially rehashes what many have said before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars philosophy of friendship, 26 Feb 2013
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Mr. Robert Marsland (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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In Mark Vernon's The Meaning of Friendship there are many ideas that any reflective person may have thought of themselves in their spare time, albeit with a few perhaps not. What gives the book weight though is fleshing these ideas out with reference given to many great thinkers including Socrates,Plato, Aristotle, Nietszche and Foucault to name some of them. He tackles the subject with chapters including the politics of friendship, friends and love, the spirituality of friendship and friendship and work. To me the book seemed a little too repetitive in its arguments, but all in all nonetheless a good and interesting read.
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