Loneliness 2nd edition

Ben Mijuskovic has been tirelessly working on a second edition of his ground breaking study on loneliness. He kindly provided some reviews, which will be posted here in the coming weeks. The fundamental conclusions of the simplicity argument lead to solipsism, which translates psychologically into loneliness. Isolate minds have trouble engaging the outside world; thus, the natural emotive response to this philosophical reality is the feeling of being alone – unable to connect with other minds.

Acclaim for Ben Mijuskovic’s Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature

[1] “Indeed, a most impressive survey has been undertaken by Professor Ben Mijuskovic in his fine book, Loneliness in Philosophy, Psychology, and Literature. He shows most effectively how prominent the themes of literature and inwardness have been in creative literature from quite early times, in the myth of Prometheus, the Odyssey, in parts of Plato and Aristophanes, and in the Upanishads, down to the most recent writers of fiction and philosophy. ‘Robinson Crusoe’ recovers the importance it had for earlier speculative thought (the ‘History of Robinson and Friday’ as we have it in Hegel’s ‘Outlines of the Phenomenology of Mind’) and is shown to be part of a concern which continues through Proust to the British novelist Arthur Machen and his frightening portrayal, in his own words, of ‘a Robinson Crusoe of the soul’ and to Thomas Wolfe’s ‘We walk the streets of life alone’ matched by Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and Golding’s ‘Pincher Martin.’ Mijuskovic concludes that, on the philosophical foundation of the ability of thought to “curl back on itself, the disciplines of literature, philosophy, and psychology have erected a significant and true insight into man’s fundamental nature, namely that that each of us, separately exists in isolation, in a state of desolate loneliness, enclosed within the confines of a nomadic prison which we continually strive to escape.”

H. D. Lewis, editor of Religious Studies.


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