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The Political Thought of Henry David Thoreau: Privatism and the Practice of Philosophy

Jonathan McKenzie


This book provides a fresh interpretation of Henry Thoreau’s political theory through a comprehensive interpretation of public and private writings. While recent critics have opened new vistas in Thoreau interpretation, little attention has been paid to Thoreau’s journals and correspondence. This book argues that these private sources enhance our understanding of Thoreau’s political theory by highlighting its place within his overall philosophical mission. In particular, this book attends to the resonances between Thoreau’s overall political-theoretical mission of privatism and the Socratic pr ... More

Keywords: Thoreau, Transcendentalism, American Political Thought, Stoicism, Individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813166308
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan McKenzie, author
Northern Kentucky University