Abstract

Abstract:

In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt identifies loneliness as a precondition for the horrors of Hitler and Stalin. She shows how loneliness is an intellectual experience by recovering the ancient Stoic Epictetus’s analysis of solitude. Plato’s Republic shows loneliness to be a kind of injustice in the city as well as the psyche. Walter Benjamin recommends the flâneur, taken from Baudelaire and Poe, as a model for living justly in modernity. But in free and traditionless America, where loneliness arises from creative destruction, being a baseball fan brings just balance to life and shows that the opposite of loneliness is happiness.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 711-728
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-24
Open Access
No
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