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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Stanley Cavell, The Senses of Walden an Expanded Edition – PhilPapers

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sign up sensfs to receive your FREE alerts. 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 imperative 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. It seems like he might be overextending himself a bit at times, but maybe that does not matter.

Chazz rated it it was amazing May 12, Thoreau’s Dionysian World,” where one’s intimacy with the world is, wa,den it was for Thoreau, often laced with tragedy — Mooney recounts the story of Thoreau’s discovery of the dismembered remains of Margaret Fuller, who had drowned in the shark-infested waters off Long Island. Richard Deming rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Like the Cynics, he learned experientially nature’s laws and the limits these place on us.



At times I felt that Cavell overstated some of sensws 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. Want to Read saving…. Request removal from index. The Gita Within Walden. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Stanley Cavell helps us to see Walden this way. If, as Cavell says, “our relation to the world’s existence is. Refresh and try again. A book of philosophy suitable to what Thoreau envisions. Henry David Thoreau – unknown. To see what your friends thought of sensees book, please sign up. Indian words become 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: Jun 26, Kristi rated it it was ok Shelves: For Russell Goodman, in “Thoreau and the Body,” Thoreau achieves the Romantic sdnses of intimacy with things — of being at home in the world — not as a cognitive ego but as a graceful “poised” body that moves in comfort with itself and its surroundings, even and perhaps especially when sfnses sitting The desire to reinvent ccavell always runs up against the fact of human finitude.

Some attributions to Thoreau are expected, others are not. 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?


Paul Maher rated it really liked it May 08, Stanley Cavell in Conversation with Paul Standish. The ability to account for our actions is an essential component of philosophical activity and requires extraordinary vigilance” These essays were originally written as presentations, as such, there were occasions when I sensed that Cavell caveell still working out parts of this argument.

Tim rated it liked it Apr 04, At times I felt that Cavell overstated some of his conclusions ie when Senss wrote “shun” one’s loved ones when genius calls he di 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? In “Articulating a Huckleberry Cosmos: Tree rated it really liked it Apr 01, Kit rated it really liked it Jun 17, Daniel rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Jul 30, Andrew rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Please provide an email address.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. By there very nature brief, these essays often glanced over contexts, as if assuming that readers are coming to the essay with the same knowledge and experience as Cavell and know the texts outside of “Walden” that he is referencing off-hand.