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Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy$
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Rick Anthony Furtak, Jonathan Ellsworth, and James D. Reid

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239306

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239306.001.0001

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An Emerson Gone Mad

An Emerson Gone Mad

Thoreau's American Cynicism

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(p.185) Eleven An Emerson Gone Mad
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Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy
Author(s):

Doughs R. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239306.003.0011

In this chapter, Anderson argues that Thoreau's philosophical outlook is closely tied to post-Socratic thought, especially that of the Cynics. In assessing this relation, one can see the practical import of Thoreau's essays, and his humor, as challenges to accepting conventions as guides to the conduct of life.

Keywords:   Antisthenes, Cynicism, Diogenes, Emerson, ancient philosophy

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