Solitude: A Philosophical Encounter

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Open Court, Dec 15, 2015 - Philosophy - 390 pages
In Koch's Solitude, both solitude and engagement emerge as primary modes of human experience, equally essential for human completion. This work draws upon the vast corpus of literary reflections on solitude, especially Lao Tze, Sappho, Plotinus, Augustine, Petrarch, Montaigne, Goethe, Shelley, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman and Proust.

"Koch uses the work of philosophers, historians, and writers, as well as texts such as the Bible, to show what solitude is and isn't, and what being alone can do to and for the individual. Interesting for its literary scope and its conclusions about all the good true solitude can bring us."
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"Reading this book is like dipping into many minds, fierce and gentle. The author reveals his long study of great philosophers, and interprets their thoughts through the lens of his own experience with solitude. He traces our early brushes with solitude and the fear it can engender, then the craving for solitude that comes with full, adult lives."
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Contents

Introduction
1
THE NATURE OF SOLITUDE
11
1 Dimensions
13
Loneliness Isolation Privacy Alienation
29
3 Disengagement
49
4 Engaged Disengagement
57
5 The Symmetry of Engagement and Disengagement
81
6 Images of Solitude
93
Arguments from Experience
181
Some History
201
Responses
219
13 Women and Solitude
249
14 A Universal Value?
275
Epilogue
299
Notes
301
Very Select Bibliography
363

EVALUATING SOLITUDE
97
7 The Virtues of Solitude
99
8 The Completions of Encounter
137
The Arguments Apriori
153

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