The Insights of Solitude


Ours is an age where solitude tends to be discussed in the context of the 'problem of loneliness'. However in previous ages the capacity to seek fulfillment outside society has been admired and seen as a measure of discernment and inner security. In this lucid and highly readable book, Peter France shows how hermits, from the Taoists and Ancient Greeks to the present day, have something vitally important to say to a society that fears solitude.


  • This wonderful book is many things by turn: history, biography, philosophy, theology and even a spiritual textbook. With deft and approachable analysis, France lays out a cosmology of the eremetic impulse...The author's wit, discernment and sweet reason for spellbinding.
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