The Questions of a Philosophical Life
This chapter examines the ways in which the ancient philosophical act of reflective simplification animates Thoreau’s philosophical project. Thoreau’s journals and letters provide ample evidence of a Socratic way of practicing philosophy as a way of life, and these private sources reflect heavily on Thoreau’s public writings. Finally, the chapter provides a reading of Walden that isolates Thoreau’s use of persistent questioning, a pedagogical and philosophical technique mastered by the late Stoics.
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