Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion

2017.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Edward F. Mooney, Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion, Bloomsbury, 2015, 274pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2017.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Edward F. Mooney, Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion, Bloomsbury, 2015, 274pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781501305641. Reviewed by Stanley Bates, Middlebury College This is, from my point of view, a delightful book. It consists of 15 chapters, 12 of which are "heavily revised" versions of previously published essays, and three brief closing sections. It is addressed to those who are at least somewhat familiar with the work of Thoreau, and who will take seriously the idea that his work is relevant to philosophy. The philosopher who is most responsible for the existence of such readers is, of course, Stanley Cavell, and Cavell is a continuing background to, and inspiration for, Edward F. Mooney's work. However, his focus is somewhat different. Cavell concentrated on Walden in his The Senses of Walden, because he found it to have been dramatically underread. Mooney refers to, and occasionally. . .

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