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21 mins | May 13, 2020

Where loneliness can lead

Hannah Arendt enjoyed her solitude, but she believed it could make people susceptible to totalitarianism. For the American philosopher, loneliness is the essence of totalitarianism. Interestingly, she also believed isolation was necessary for creativity. Samantha Rose Hill analyses in Aeon magazine Arendt's thoughts on the subject, studying, in particular, the similarities between the two concepts, but most importantly, why they are ultimately different.

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