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On Solitude by Michel de Montaigne

Title On Solitude
Author Michel de Montaigne
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2009-08-27
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 144
ISBN 0141956615
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Blending intellectual speculation with anecdote and personal reflection, the Renaissance thinker and writer Montaigne pioneered the modern essay. This selection contains his idiosyncratic and timeless writings on subjects as varied as the virtues of solitude, the power of the imagination, the pleasures of reading, the importance of sleep and why we sometimes laugh and cry at the same things. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Title On Solitude Conscience Love and Our Inner and Outer Lives
Author Ron Haflidson
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2019-07-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0567682722
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ron Haflidson places the theology of Augustine in conversation with contemporary authors, who warn of the dangers of abandoning solitude for constant (often technological) connection. Haflidson addresses an essential question that has previously been neglected: What difference does it make to the practice of solitude if one believes that even in the absence of any human company, God is always intimately present? For Augustine, solitude is a moral necessity: he recommends that we regularly retreat from the crowd into the depths of our conscience, where we can dwell alone in the company of God, and enter into dialogue before and with God about who we are and how we love. Throughout this book, Haflidson pairs close readings of Augustine with those of noted cartographers of our inner lives, literary greats including Jane Austen, George Eliot, Marilynne Robinson and George Saunders. This book explores what undiscovered possibilities may lie in solitude.

Title Reflections on Solitude and other Essays
Author Sameer Grover
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2011-11-28
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 156
ISBN 9781462054374
Language English, Spanish, and French
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REFLECTIONS ON SOLITUDE and other ESSAYS explores a diverse range of topics from Eastern mysticism to mathematics, while blending in an element of fantastic realism. Sameer Grover is one of the eminent voices of our time.

Title An examination of the advantages of solitude
Author Johann Georg Zimmermann
Publisher
Release 1808
Category Solitude
Total Pages
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Handbook of Solitude by Robert J. Coplan

Title The Handbook of Solitude
Author Robert J. Coplan
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2021-04-19
Category Psychology
Total Pages 480
ISBN 1119576857
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Learn more about the positive and negative psychological effects of solitude, isolation, and being alone in this expertly edited resource It has never been more important to understand the impact of solitude. The newly revised and updated second edition of The Handbook Of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives On Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone delivers another comprehensive academic volume of psychological research on the topic of solitude. This second edition includes a new organizational framework that considers both contemporary and emerging conceptual perspectives along with a more nuanced approach to the significance of context in the study of solitude. There is also an increased focus on clinical, developmental, and social psychological perspectives. The latest edition also offers new discussions regarding recent trends in the positive aspects of solitude, including a new chapter on mindfulness, and provides more detailed coverage of the emerging impact of social media and computer gaming on psychological health and well-being across the lifespan. Scholars from across the world have contributed to this volume, coming from countries including Australia, Canada, China, Finland, Greece, Poland, South Korea and the USA, among others. The editors offer a broad and complete perspective that will appeal to many disciplines within psychology, and the book provides accessible content that is relatively brief in length and edited to remove unnecessary technical jargon. The book also includes: Lengthy discussions of historical and theoretical perspectives on solitude, including the phenomenon of social withdrawal in childhood An exploration of the significance of close relationships, including with peers and parents, on experiences of being alone and psychological well-being A treatment of the neuroscientific and evolutionary perspectives on shyness and social withdrawal A comprehensive section on solitude across the lifespan, including expressions of shyness in infancy and childhood, the causes and consequences of playing alone in childhood, social withdrawal in adolescence and emerging adulthood, being single in adulthood, and isolation, loneliness, and solitude in older adulthood A consideration of solitary confinement as an extreme form of social isolation Careful cultural consideration of solitude and related constructs with new chapters on immigration and hikikomori Perfect for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students taking a variety of courses in developmental, biological, social, personality, organizational, health, educational, cognitive, and clinical psychology, the second edition of The Handbook Of Solitude has also earned a place in the libraries of researchers and scholars in these, and related psychological disciplines.

The Art of Solitude by Stephen Batchelor

Title The Art of Solitude
Author Stephen Batchelor
Publisher Yale University Press
Release 2020-02-18
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 200
ISBN 0300250932
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Elegant and formally ingenious."--Geoff Wisner, Wall Street JournalIn a time of social distancing and isolation, a meditation on the beauty of solitude from renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor When world renowned Buddhist writer Stephen Batchelor turned sixty, he took a sabbatical from his teaching and turned his attention to solitude, a practice integral to the meditative traditions he has long studied and taught. He aimed to venture more deeply into solitude, discovering its full extent and depth. This beautiful literary collage documents his multifaceted explorations. Spending time in remote places, appreciating and making art, practicing meditation and participating in retreats, drinking peyote and ayahuasca, and training himself to keep an open, questioning mind have all contributed to Batchelor's ability to be simultaneously alone and at ease. Mixed in with his personal narrative are inspiring stories from solitude's devoted practitioners, from the Buddha to Montaigne, from Vermeer to Agnes Martin. In a hyperconnected world that is at the same time plagued by social isolation, this book shows how to enjoy the inescapable solitude that is at the heart of human life.

A History of Solitude by David Vincent

Title A History of Solitude
Author David Vincent
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release 2020-05-06
Category History
Total Pages 304
ISBN 1509536604
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Solitude has always had an ambivalent status: the capacity to enjoy being alone can make sociability bearable, but those predisposed to solitude are often viewed with suspicion or pity. Drawing on a wide array of literary and historical sources, David Vincent explores how people have conducted themselves in the absence of company over the last three centuries. He argues that the ambivalent nature of solitude became a prominent concern in the modern era. For intellectuals in the romantic age, solitude gave respite to citizens living in ever more complex modern societies. But while the search for solitude was seen as a symptom of modern life, it was also viewed as a dangerous pathology: a perceived renunciation of the world, which could lead to psychological disorder and anti-social behaviour. Vincent explores the successive attempts of religious authorities and political institutions to manage solitude, taking readers from the monastery to the prisoner’s cell, and explains how western society’s increasing secularism, urbanization and prosperity led to the development of new solitary pastimes at the same time as it made traditional forms of solitary communion, with God and with a pristine nature, impossible. At the dawn of the digital age, solitude has taken on new meanings, as physical isolation and intense sociability have become possible as never before. With the advent of a so-called loneliness epidemic, a proper historical understanding of the natural human desire to disengage from the world is more important than ever. The first full-length account of its subject, A History of Solitude will appeal to a wide general readership.

Embracing Solitude by Bernadette Flanagan

Title Embracing Solitude
Author Bernadette Flanagan
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2013-11-12
Category Religion
Total Pages 180
ISBN 1630870021
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Embracing Solitude focuses on the interior turn of monasticism and scans the Christian tradition for women who have made this turn in various epochs and circumstances. New Monasticism is a movement assuming diverse forms in response to the turn to classical spiritual sources for guidance about living spiritual commitment with integrity and authenticity today. Genuine spiritual seeking requires the cultivation of an inner disposition to return to the room of the heart. The lessons explored in this book from women spiritual entrepreneurs across the centuries will benefit contemporay New Monastics--both women and men. The accounts will inspire, challenge, and guide those who follow in the footsteps of the renowned spiritual innovators profiled here.

Solitude by Anthony Storr

Title Solitude
Author Anthony Storr
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2005-10-03
Category Psychology
Total Pages 240
ISBN 0743280741
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A landmark study of the nature of solitude examines its crucial role in creativity, mourning, religious experience, and other aspects of human life; discussses enforced solitude; and argues that solitude can foster postive behavior. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

Title The Fortress of Solitude
Author Jonathan Lethem
Publisher Vintage
Release 2004-09-07
Category Fiction
Total Pages 528
ISBN 1400095344
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE. From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Through the knitting and unraveling of the boys' friendship, Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory. "A tour de force.... Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell It on the Mountain, A Walker in the City, and Call it Sleep." --The New York Times Magazine "One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year.... Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings it to a story worth telling." --Time

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