Rethinking Solitude

Bryan Garsten, J Y Pillay Visiting Distinguished Professor


Modern communications technology offers to reduce the amount of time that people spend by themselves. How should we evaluate this development? Professor Bryan Garsten draws on a number of thinkers from the history of political thought to help articulate what is lost when solitude is threatened, but will also find reminders of problems that come with romanticizing solitude.


Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is the author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as articles on political rhetoric and deliberation, the meaning of representative government, the relationship of politics and religion, and the place of emotions in political life. Professor Garsten is now finishing a book called The Heart of a Heartless World that examines the ethical, political and religious core of early nineteenth century liberalism in the United States and France. His writings have won various awards, including the First Book Prize of the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.

Professor Garsten is currently Acting Chair of the Humanities Program at Yale. In 2012-2013 he served as Chair of a committee overseeing the development of a common curriculum in the liberal arts for Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

Tue Mar 11, 2014
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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