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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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The Altiplano

The Altiplano

(p.45) The Altiplano

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

The trip across the Altiplano in the Bolivian Andes was a crossing into isolation and solitude. Today we little understand people who sought solitude. The writings of the third century CE Desert Fathers and the 18th romantics provide two different experiences of solitude. In the silver city of Potosi, noblewomen withdrew into solitude and silence in a convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns. In an abandoned village, one man stays behind, keeping a museum of the remains of the village and creating a rock garden that makes him an “outsider artist.”

Keywords:   solitude, romantics, Desert Fathers, Potosi, Discalced Carmelites, outsider art

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