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Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy

Rick Anthony Furtak, Jonathan Ellsworth, and James D. Reid


Henry David Thoreau's best-known book, Walden, has not been widely recognized as an important philosophical text. Indeed, most academic philosophers would be reluctant to grant Thoreau a place within the philosophical canon at all. The goal of this volume is to remedy this neglect, to explain Thoreau's philosophical significance, and to argue for the lasting value of his polemical conception of how philosophy ought to be lived, practiced, and written. Thoreau sought to establish philosophy as a way of life and to root our philosophical, conceptual affairs in more practical or existential conce ... More

Keywords: Conduct of life, philosophy and literature, American philosophy, Thoreau, ethics, Cavell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823239306
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rick Anthony Furtak, author
Colorado College

Jonathan Ellsworth, author

James D. Reid, author
United States Airforce Academy

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