Philosophy and Rhetoric 53 (3):326 (2020)

Christopher Tindale
University of Windsor
Now is a time for isolation, reclusion, seclusion. How many terms we have for what is essentially the same experience of remoteness. We walk in silence through “the healthy wood,” although not with a mind turned, like Horace’s, to thoughts of the wise and good. Rather, we share with Montaigne a retreat from the routines of life, observing how “contagion is particularly dangerous in crowds”. Years of practice at a screened existence accustom us to the suite of technologies that now beckon to entomb us.The medieval recluse entombed herself into the smallest of spaces, often without room to move, to live a narrowing life in penance...
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