Strangers by Choice: An Asocial Philosophy of Life.- Translated by Tul'si Bhambry and Agnieszka Waśkiewicz. Editor by Andrzej WaskiewiczStrangers by Choice: An Asocial Philosophy of Life.- Translated by Tul'si Bhambry and Agnieszka Waśkiewicz. Editor by Andrzej Waskiewicz

Strangers by Choice: An Asocial Philosophy of Life.- Translated by Tul'si Bhambry and Agnieszka Wa…

byAndrzej Waskiewicz

Hardcover | December 29, 2014

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Strangers by Choice explores voluntary otherness as a philosophy of life. This philosophy is asocial in the sense that its followers tend to privilege separateness over belonging, and yet it does not lead to alienation or isolation from society. Building on Simmel’s notion of the stranger, the author sheds light on the experience of spiritual idealists, both real and fictional, who maintain a distance from mainstream society in order to live by the laws of their transcendental homelands. Waskiewicz addresses representations of strangeness from a broad spectrum of Western culture, including Stoic philosophy, Augustine of Hippo, Henry David Thoreau, the physicist Richard Feynman, and finally Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Highlighting how these writers and thinkers have negotiated individuality and community, this interdisciplinary study contributes to debates on identity in both practical philosophy and the history of ideas.
Andrzej Waskiewicz teaches the history of social and political ideas at the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Sociology and the Collegium Artes Liberales (Poland). The Polish original of Strangers by Choice was shortlisted for the Gdynia Literary Prize in 2009.
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Title:Strangers by Choice: An Asocial Philosophy of Life.- Translated by Tul'si Bhambry and Agnieszka Wa…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:December 29, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Interdisciplinarity – Practical philosophy – History of ideas – Ethics – Strangeness – Otherness – Individuality – Community – Society – Identity – Alienation – Idealism – Roman Stoic philosophy – Seneca – Marcus Aurelius – Early Christianity – Augustine of Hippo – Henry David Thoreau – Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Richard Feynman.