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<i>Walden</i> Revisited

Rick Anthony Furtak, Jonathan Ellsworth and James D. Reid

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/9780823239306.003.0014

Series: American Philosophy (FUP)

Walden Revisited

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The most widely respected contemporary American thinker who has argued for Thoreau's philosophical significance is Stanley Cavell, whose book The Senses of Walden is now over forty years old. In this interview, Cavell revisits the question of why Thoreau ought to be taken seriously as a major American philosopher, and reflects on some of the lingering resistance to this idea within the academy, in light of the challenges posed by Thoreau's writings.

Keywords: Descartes; Kant; moral perfectionism; pragmatism

Chapter.  6176 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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