Chapter

The Value of Being

Rick Anthony Furtak

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/9780823239306.003.0007

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

The Value of Being

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Thoreau's writings are directly opposed to the notion that our world is value-neutral, an assumption which is often taken for granted in modern philosophy. His work examines the relation between the knower and the known, and the role played by the imagination in allowing the beauty and value of the world to be disclosed. The aesthetic understanding can provide a corrective to false assumptions about ontology, according to Thoreau, although everything depends on the perceiver: “the perception of beauty is a moral test.”

Keywords: Aesthetics; value; poetry; epistemology; perception; moral ontology; subjectivity; mood; William James

Chapter.  6471 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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