Mark Hannam

Welcome to my website.

I write about the things that interest me: philosophy, finance, social enterprise, politics and art. I aim to write well and to write clearly, but to avoid oversimplification. There is a saying, beloved of some philosophers, that if you are unable to express an idea clearly you have not understood it properly. To which I would add, if a complex problem has a simple solution then someone else will have thought of it already.

On this site you will find a selection of my writing, some of which has been published elsewhere and some of which is only available here. Each time a new piece of writing is added to the site it will also be profiled on this page. The work has been divided into three categories.

Shorter pieces are classified as articles
Longer pieces are classified as essays
Pieces that comment specifically on the work of others are classified as reviews

The site was launched in January 2009. I hope you find it interesting. If you want to send me comments about the site or about my work please contact me. Click here if you want to know more about me.


Latest addition
I have recently added two articles to the site. The first - co-written in October 2013 with Hayyan Alia, from the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon - assesses the economic implications of the civil war in Syria. This article was commission by Strategic Intelligentia.

The second article is the text of a talk that I gave in February 2014, entitled The Need for Roots? In the article I contrast the ideas of Mohandas Gandhi and Simone Weil - both of whom celebrated the virtues of small, self-contained, local communities - with three examples of local economic challenges that were overcome by the use of geographically dispersed financial networks.

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