The central theme of the book is the cultivation of the self. This position is his generic answer to lives of quiet desperation.
The literary works he left behind are full of deep, complex contradictions. In him are the spaces which my orbit traverses". He was himself a highly skilled canoeist; Nathaniel Hawthorneafter a ride with him, noted that "Mr. But such interpretations miss the central Transcendentalism of the piece.
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. Until the s, literary critics[ who? Through his distinctive way of viewing life, nature and the universe, he gained a unique awareness of the world, which resulted in the reconstruction of previously held scientific methods and assumptions.
Following his graduation from Harvard, he began a somewhat volatile friendship with Emerson, who invited him to live with him in The second was his preparation at Concord Academy for study at Harvard University.
This notion is good Transcendentalist doctrine: Unfortunately, few people were interested in purchasing the book, so he spent nine years continuing in his professional crafts of pencil-making and surveying, while writing and giving lectures. Thoreau was a philosophical provocateur. I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor He decried the latter endlessly but felt that a teacher needs to be close to those who needed to hear what he wanted to tell them.
After graduating from Harvard University inhe developed a close association with R. Like other Transcendentalists, he was an idealist and believed divinity to be immanent in nature.
Therefore, following his graduation inhe returned to Concord and became a teacher alongside his brother, at which time he began to realize his talents as a writer.
During his two-year stay at the pond Thoreau completed the manuscript for A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers ; it was based on a trip he had taken with his brother, John, in and was intended as a memorial to John, who had died of tetanus in But he was neither an analytic philosopher nor an idealist system builder.
Not only have these texts been used widely to address issues in political philosophy, moral theory, and, more recently, environmentalism, but they have also been of central importance to those who see philosophy as an engagement with ordinary experience and not as an abstract deductive exercise.
As in his earlier essays, he focuses on championing human agency and creativity. This indwelling of the divine, he thought, allows nature to serve as a vehicle for human insight. Bibliography See his collected poems, ed.
Thoreau attempts in the work to bring together his observations of nature with his commentary on human existence, but the book lacks the integrity of his best essays as the Transcendentalist commentary remains separate and abstracted from the sections of narrative description.
In each of the essays nature resides in the background as a measure of what humans do.Though not a professional philosopher, Henry David Thoreau is recognized as an important contributor to the American literary and philosophical movement known as New England Transcendentalism. His essays, books, and poems weave together two central themes over the course of his intellectual career: nature and the conduct of life.
The continuing importance of these two themes is well. WORKS The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vols.
1–Boston–New York, Journal, vols. 1–New York, In Russian translation: Uolden, ili Zhizn’ v. The Conformist, the Individual, and Henry David Thoreau.
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Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, – May 6, ) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and ultimedescente.com mater: Harvard College. Henry David Thoreau was born in in Concord, Massachusetts, during America’s turbulent mid-nineteenth century, which was marked by the transcendental and anti-slavery movements.
He was an American philosopher, environmental scientist, educator, essayist and poet, whose most notable work was the book, Walden. The masterwork was the compilation of his deep, reflective meditations on the .Download