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The Senses of Walden

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Stanley Cavell, one of America's most distinguished philosophers, has written an invaluable companion volume to Walden, a seminal book in our cultural heritage. This expanded edition includes two essays on Emerson.
Paperback, Expanded, 168 pages
Published March 15th 1992 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1972)
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Rick
Feb 18, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing
Henry David Thoreau invites us to Walden Pond through our sense of understanding the self, through the self's need to cut its losses and to engage a life of discovery that is completely individual. Stanley Cavell helps us to see Walden this way. It's not just a book about one man's two year stint in a writer's cabin. It's about us, those readers who need to find meaning in our own lives.
Kristi
Jun 27, 2015 Kristi rated it it was ok
Judging from the title, the content of this book was not quite what I expected; (perhaps partly due to the fact that I a not a philosopher?) Rather the book was a short exposition on how Thoreau's "Walden" functions as a book - literally and on a meta level - with the text positioned as an American scripture. This edition includes two additional essays on Emerson. At times I felt that Cavell overstated some of his conclusions (ie when Emerson wrote "shun" one's loved ones when genius calls he ...more
Matt
Jun 04, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
This book is supposed to be one of the best commentaries on Thoreau's "Walden". I think many of Cavell's ideas and interpretations are very interesting and pretty thought-provoking. It seems like he might be overextending himself a bit at times, but maybe that does not matter.

Cavell contends that Thoreau had a purpose for every word in "Walden" and, in fact, "Walden" is supposed to be the American scripture. Cavell then goes on to describe what they scripture is supposed to say. Some attribution
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Andrew
Jul 30, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Walden Readers
Immanently readable critical theory/philosophy, especially if you've read Walden or are working your way through it.
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