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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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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

The Asian Thread

(p.201) Twelve Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy

Robert Kuhn McGregor

Fordham University Press

Amidst the excitement that accompanied the translation into English of Chinese and Indian philosophical classics, the New England transcendentalists (especially Thoreau) were among the first authors in the Western philosophical tradition to have their work informed by a comparative study of philosophy East and West. This chapter develops an account of which Asian texts were most significant for the development of Thoreau's thought, and how he appropriated these influences and allowed them to inform his own philosophical voice.

Keywords:   Comparative philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Confucius, Buddhism, Hindu thought

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