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The Meaning of Friendship

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A tremendous burden is being placed on friends. Individuals want friends more than family. Couples want to marry a friend - a very novel idea. And at the social level, politicians, sociologists, even bishops realise that in the anonymity of the networked age, friendship is increasingly important to care, commitment and belonging.

Friendship, we believe or hope, is elastic
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published November 29th 2005)
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Fung Yen
Very nicely structured book.
Extremely informative first few chapters for a common man like me who has seen my far share of utilitarian friendships but never really understood why.
Last few chapters got into the spirituality/philosophy of friendship that was a tad too heavy for my liking. But once I got through that, it was a pretty rewarding experience.

For those who don't like the circularity of Philosophy but nonetheless like the explore or understand certain worldly issues that concern us, this
Nathanael (Boehm) Coyne
Oft refers to the writings and opinions of the philosophers of Ancient Greece - primarily Plato - as well as Nietzsche and authors of contemporary research structured by types of friendships from those with co-workers to that shared by lovers.
Now available as the Meaning of Friendship. Was glad this was chosen for my small group. It was very interesting, both for history and contemplation about what it means to be and have a friend. Great book to read as a group.
I read this book a while ago. Mark Vernon provides a comprehensive, practical and philosophical overview of the nature and practice of friendship from ancient times through to the present.
Sue Lyle
Great readable guide to the history of the philosophy of friendship and how philosophers talk about friendship. Highly recommended for P4C practitioners.
Dittany Rose
Could have done with a thorough edit. But some really thought provoking stuff here.
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