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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The ability to account for our actions is an essential component of philosophical activity and requires extraordinary vigilance” We think skepticism must mean that we cannot know the world exists, and hence perhaps there isn’t one. James Dorsey rated it really liked it Aug 18, Some attributions to Thoreau are expected, others are not.


If, as Cavell says, “our relation to the world’s existence is. Stanley Cavell in 20th Century Philosophy. Find it on Scholar.

Daniel rated it it was amazing Oct ssnses, I think many of Cavell’s ideas and interpretations are very interesting and pretty thought-provoking. Under a silent sky he’s patient with silence. Johnny rated it really liked it Jun 15, Concern or care for such things as wild fruits means attention to the words that are used to pick them out — not just the scientific terms of herbalists, but the idiomatic references of those who live among them.

In “Articulating a Huckleberry Cosmos: Jon rated it really liked it Mar 25, In the months before I showed up to teach at Emerson Hall, the philosophers J. Sign in Create an account. Sharkue rated it it was amazing Oct 25, A Thoreauvian Account of Sehses Value. Feb 12, Rick rated it it was amazing Shelves: To me, as a reader, this was somewhat off-putting – walfen inside jokes made in a common party – and made me less interested in the argument.


This entry has no external links. As Cavell sensrs in one of his Beckman lectures 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 cave,l 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.

Richard Deming rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Indian words cavepl the supplement and corrective to our own — as, for example, when he urges us to drop “the mean name of ‘strawberry,'” assigned because the British spread straw under their garden kinds: Thoreau’s Dionysian World,” where one’s intimacy with the world is, as it was for Thoreau, often laced with tragedy — Mooney recounts the story of Thoreau’s discovery of lf dismembered remains of Margaret Fuller, who had drowned in the shark-infested waters off Long Island.

This book is supposed to be one of the best commentaries on Thoreau’s “Walden”.

The senses of Walden – Stanley Cavell – Google Books

He has at all times to know simultaneously the detail of what is happening and what it means to him that it happens so. Refresh and try again.

As whippoorwills kf from across the lake, he sings back” The point is argued a bit more dramatically by Edward Mooney in “Wonder and Affliction: University of Chicago Press,pp.

Please provide an email address. Chazz rated it it was salden May 12, Robert Michael Ruehl – May 31, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: Stanley Cavell in Conversation with Paul Standish. Svetboym rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Brian Ramsdell rated it it was amazing Nov 05, A book of philosophy suitable to what Thoreau envisions. Jun 26, Kristi rated it it was ok Shelves: At times I felt that Cavell overstated some of his conclusions ie when Emerson wrote “shun” one’s loved ones when genius calls he did not mean to “hate,” but to avoid or ignore any distraction from the spark of original creativity.


Cavell contends that Thoreau had a purpose for every word in “Walden” and, in fact, “Walden” is supposed to be the American scripture.

Thoreau’s American Cynicism,” proposes the Cynics rather than the Stoics as the philosophical company Thoreau chose to keep:. 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 salden American scripture.

Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Gilles Farcet – 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: Philosophy as Education and Education walcen Philosophy: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

The world-preserving wildness we need crowds in at our doorsteps, ignored cavelp unseen, dismissed as “little things” of no value, neither commercial nor nutritional.

The Senses of Walden

Likewise with respect to Wittgenstein: Three issues seem to have regulated Cavell’s reading of Thoreau: This edition includes two additional essays on Emerson. This sounds like a prescription for a new music, say a new discourse, and hence like a negation of poetry as well as of narrative, since it implicitly denies, in a work of literary originality, the role of the line; the sentence is everything.

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