A Philosophical Encounter
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."
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."