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About Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon is the author of The Philosophy of Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Articles by Mark Vernon

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A debt in the life

The bursting of the credit boom is a lesson in the human as well as the financial cost of debt, says Mark Vernon. 

The bad faith of the secular age

The philosopher Charles Taylor's reflection on the religious roots of modern secularism is a radical contribution to the argument about belief, says Mark Vernon.

Social networks: after privacy, beyond friendship

The online expression of human identity is dissolving privacy and transforming friendship, says Mark Vernon.

The life of the child: being friends, being good

The experience of children and their capacity for friendship raises philosophical questions about how the good life can be realised, says Mark Vernon.

The politics of friendship

When friendship is present in public life, the modern political world is suspicious. It needs to relearn a lesson from classical Greece, says Mark Vernon.
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