Chapter

An Emerson Gone Mad

Doughs R. Anderson

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/9780823239306.003.0011

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

An Emerson Gone Mad

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In this chapter, Anderson argues that Thoreau's philosophical outlook is closely tied to post-Socratic thought, especially that of the Cynics. In assessing this relation, one can see the practical import of Thoreau's essays, and his humor, as challenges to accepting conventions as guides to the conduct of life.

Keywords: Antisthenes; Cynicism; Diogenes; Emerson; ancient philosophy

Chapter.  6369 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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