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A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen (review)

A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen (review) BOOK REVIEW A Philosophy of Loneliness. By Lars Svendsen. Translated by K. Pierce. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Pp 182. Paper $19.99. ISBN 978-1-78023-747- Reviewed by Oliver Leaman University of Kentucky oleaman@uky.edu This is an entertaining and intelligent book on a subject we often have preconceptions about, which the author takes delight in showing to be false. It is an interesting blend of philosophy and social science, which is not an easy combination to get to work properly. Sometimes when it is not well done the reader gets the impression that a lot of half-digested facts are being thrown at her and a bit of theory is then used to try to vaguely tie it all together. Here the facts work with the theory nicely, the detail of loneliness in different countries and communities gives us some idea of how to explore the notion conceptually, and deepens the account of loneliness as a complex idea. Svendsen is excellent on the links between loneliness and the emotions, especially the link with trust, and on the different varieties of loneliness that can be said to exist. He uses stories well, and, for this reader at least, the use of unfamiliar http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 68 (3) – Aug 8, 2018

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BOOK REVIEW A Philosophy of Loneliness. By Lars Svendsen. Translated by K. Pierce. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Pp 182. Paper $19.99. ISBN 978-1-78023-747- Reviewed by Oliver Leaman University of Kentucky oleaman@uky.edu This is an entertaining and intelligent book on a subject we often have preconceptions about, which the author takes delight in showing to be false. It is an interesting blend of philosophy and social science, which is not an easy combination to get to work properly. Sometimes when it is not well done the reader gets the impression that a lot of half-digested facts are being thrown at her and a bit of theory is then used to try to vaguely tie it all together. Here the facts work with the theory nicely, the detail of loneliness in different countries and communities gives us some idea of how to explore the notion conceptually, and deepens the account of loneliness as a complex idea. Svendsen is excellent on the links between loneliness and the emotions, especially the link with trust, and on the different varieties of loneliness that can be said to exist. He uses stories well, and, for this reader at least, the use of unfamiliar

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Philosophy East and WestUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 8, 2018

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