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Solitude: A Philosophical Encounter

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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. ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 29th 1999 by Open Court (first published May 1994)
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James Henderson
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This is an encounter with both the nature of solitude and the thinkers who have written about solitude. Some of these thinkers are writers who I already knew and admired and some, at least on this topic, were new to me. Comprising two sections, one on the "nature of solitude" and another evaluating its existence it seems to encompass the subject well without exceeding the patience of the solitary reader.
The author presents arguments for and against solitude as a theoretical and practical matter
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Trevor Clements
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book probably 30 years ago and just remember that it really made an impression on me. I liked the philosophical bent and excerpts from other writers. My memory of specifics is pretty faded but I know it had a big impact on own philosophy of balancing the need and appreciation of solitude with that of engagement. I think it's high time for a second reading. ...more
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