THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRIENDSHIP

MARK VERNON
224pp ILLUS 2005 LIST PRICE: £71.00 P632

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Friendship, we believe or hope, is elastic enough to connect us across the web of complex lives, and strong enough not to snap. But is it? Vernon examines the love called friendship upon which so much happiness depends. He links philosophical tradition with numerous illustrations from modern culture to ask about friendship and sex, work, politics and spirituality. Unusually, he argues that Plato and Nietzsche, as much as Aristotle and St Aelred, should be put centre stage. Their penetrating and occasionally tough insights are invaluable if friendship is to be a full, not merely sentimental, way of life for today.