The Philosophers’ Cocoon has had a pair of posts on loneliness in the academy recently.In one of them, an assistant professor describes their “unexpected” loneliness and asks if others “have kind of been surprised by how much less of a social network we have than other friends and non-academics at similar career stages.” The author also identifies some of the sources of academic loneliness.
That was followed by a second post soliciting advice for academics dealing with loneliness.
I’d encourage readers to head over to The Cocoon to check these out and contribute to the discussions there. Discussion is welcome here, too. If there are philosophy-specific causes of loneliness, or resources specifically for philosophers grappling with loneliness, that would be useful to hear about, in addition to remarks on academic loneliness more generally, or loneliness in general in the early 21st Century.