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Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225507

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225507.001.0001

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Wildness As Political Act

Wildness As Political Act

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(p.85) Five Wildness As Political Act
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Philosophy Americana
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Douglas R. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0006

This chapter examines the idea of wilderness as political act by turning to one of Henry D. Thoreau's essays entitled “A Winter Walk.” Thoreau's essays give emphasis to wildness as political act. The chapter identifies the kind of political action or engagement to which Thoreau was always committed: action that, pragmatically speaking, has an effect or makes a difference in some ameliorative direction.

Keywords:   wildness, political act, Henry D. Thoreau, A Winter Walk

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