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Locating Thoreau, Reorienting Philosophy

James D. Reid, Rick Anthony Furtak and Jonathan Ellsworth

in Thoreau's Importance for Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239306
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239306.003.0001

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Locating Thoreau, Reorienting Philosophy

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Although the writings of Henry David Thoreau are regarded around the world as classics of American literature, Thoreau is seldom taken seriously as a philosopher. Examining why Thoreau might qualify as a philosophically significant author nonetheless requires that we reconsider our assumptions about the nature of philosophy, and recognize the challenges that he poses to the discipline. This chapter introduces and defends the project of situating Thoreau more centrally within the Western philosophical canon.

Keywords: Philosophy and literature; philosophy as a way of life; American philosophy; the nature of philosophy

Chapter.  5488 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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