Hermits: The Insights of Solitude

Hermits: The Insights of Solitude

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History of hermits and their wisdom.

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Ours is an age obsessed by personal relationships. From cradle to grave we have a need to bond, or so we are told by psychiatrists and agony aunts who go on to insist that our capacity to form and retain attachments is a basic criterion of psychological health. When we discuss solitude, it tends to be in the context of 'the problem of loneliness'. Yet in previous ages the capacity to seek fulfilment outside society has been admired and seen as a measure of discernment and inner security. Hermits build up great reputations, not only for asceticism and spirituality but for their insight into the human condition.

In this lucid and highly readable book, Peter France shows that these men and women still have something vitally important to say to a society that fears solitude. Tracing the history of hermits, from the Taoists and Ancient Greeks up to the present day, he provides fascinating accounts of the lives of some of those who have chosen to live apart, and the knowledge derived from their lives of contemplation.

Gracefully written, accessible and witty, Hermits opens out profound issues: the wisdom that emerges from solitude, and the constant human need, which has surfaced in all ages and all societies, to spend time alone.

Hardcover, 240pgs, references, bibliography, index. Very good, pages tanned. .

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Short Description History of hermits and their wisdom.
Weight (g) 510.0000
Author Peter France
Publisher Chatto & Windus
Date Published 1996
ISBN 0701162961
Size 241mm x 160mm

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