The idea of physical solitude often implies metaphysical solitude, and it is this spiritual state of detachment or self-enclosure that usually arouses the widest range of moral responses. Physical solitude is a metaphorical focus for an attitude that relates to self and society. In my thesis, however, I am primarily interested in the concept of solitude as a vehicle facilitating a journey of inward exploration into the mystifying labyrinth of the self in search of truth. In this sense, solitude becomes a condition enabling consciousness to achieve spiritual insight and truth with respect to the nature of self and world.
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Madhi, R. A.
(2004).The writer's journey into solitude : self-discovery in Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, Robinson Crusoe and Friday [Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Madhi, Rabia Abdul Salim. The writer's journey into solitude : self-discovery in Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, Robinson Crusoe and Friday. 2004. American University in Cairo, Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.