Stanley Cavell, one of America’s most distinguished philosophers, has written an invaluable companion volume to Walden, a seminal book in our cultural. The Senses of Walden has 77 ratings and 6 reviews. Rick said: Henry David Thoreau invites us to Walden Pond through our sense of understanding the self,. . One might describe The Senses of Walden as fieldwork that Cavell conducted while struggling to complete his more theoretical masterpiece.

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Tree rated it really liked it Apr 01, PaperbackExpandedpages. Indian words become the supplement and corrective to our own — as, for example, when he urges us to drop “the mean cavelll of ‘strawberry,'” assigned because the British spread straw under their garden kinds: KIRKUS REVIEW Harvard philosophy professor Cavell — an empathic Thoreau scholar — views Walden as a “”heroic writing, a nation’s scripture”” in which the hero is a paradoxical prophet who answers the imperative of the relation of writer and society at once in terms of “”absolute hope and yet of absolute defeat, his own and his nation’s.

Brian Ramsdell rated it it was amazing Nov 05, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. Austin, Off, and Heidegger — what he famously calls the “moral of skepticism, namely that the human creature’s basis in the world, its relation to the world as such, is not that of knowing, anyway not what we think of as knowing.



Norton – – Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement This entry has no external links. There ealden a problem adding your email address. Cavell contends that Thoreau had a purpose for every word in “Walden” and, in fact, “Walden” is supposed to be the American scripture.

To me, as a reader, this was somewhat off-putting – like inside jokes made in a common if – and made me less interested in the argument. What we have constructed is fate itself. The world-preserving wildness we need crowds in at our doorsteps, ignored and unseen, dismissed as “little things” of no value, neither commercial nor nutritional.

It’s not just a book about one man’s two year stint in a writer’s cabin.

The Senses of Walden by Stanley Cavell

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jeff Miller rated it really liked it Feb 24, All in all, pretty interesting. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The ability to account for our actions is an essential component semses philosophical activity and requires extraordinary vigilance” This edition includes two additional essays on Emerson. A Thoreauvian Account of Prudential Value.

The desire to reinvent oneself always runs up against the fact of human finitude. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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Paul Maher rated it really liked it May 08, This article has no associated abstract. Like the Cynics, he learned experientially nature’s laws and the limits these place on us.

Sign in to use this feature. Thoreau and the Socratic Art of Provocation,” takes the question — or, more exactly, self-questioning and self-accounting — to be Thoreau’s Socratic method of practicing philosophy: Meghan Spegal rated it it was ok Jun 30, Richard Deming rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Stanley Cavell in Conversation with Paul Standish.

James Dorsey rated it really liked it Vavell 18, Ekcasey rated it really liked it Feb 03, Stanley Cavell – In the months before I showed up to teach at Emerson Hall, the philosophers J. Stanford University Press,pp.

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