Thoreau and the Body

Russell B. Goodman

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:

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Thoreau and the Body

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Through a comparison with the phenomenology of embodiment, as practiced by such authors as Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Samuel Todes, Goodman explores the resources offered by Thoreau's writings for a philosophical understanding of the lived body. This comparison brings out the value of Thoreau's work for the phenomenology of lived experience and embodied comportment, and reveals one of the many respects in which Thoreau was a thinker ahead of his time.

Keywords: Embodiment; phenomenology; mind and body; experience

Chapter.  4938 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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