Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness

2016.01.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ben Lazare Mijuskovic, Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness, Praeger, 2015, 203pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.01.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ben Lazare Mijuskovic, Feeling Lonesome: The Philosophy and Psychology of Loneliness, Praeger, 2015, 203pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781440840289. Reviewed by Matthew Ratcliffe, University of Vienna You might think that loneliness is a contingent state: people feel lonely for a time or lonely in a place, and some people are constitutionally lonely, but most people are not lonely all the time and human life is not necessarily lonely. Not according to Ben Lazare Mijuskovic. He maintains that all such conditions are symptomatic of a loneliness that is "universal and necessary" (1). We need not be aware of it all the time, but it is always there, lurking in the background. Human life inevitably takes the form of a struggle against loneliness. We reach out to others in order to avoid sinking into complete isolation. However, although they might provide us with some degree of consolation and felt connection, our. . .

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