Friday, August 9, 2013

Walden Published on August 9, 1854

Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau believed that by immersing himself in nature he could objectively view society. So Thoreau lived around the Walden Pond area of Concord, Massachusetts for several years. During that time he developed a philosophy of life that has not only altered our view of human virtue but also how we interact with our environment. You can read  Walden now or if you like you’re philosophical musings in smaller chunks why not Walden translated into haiku form!

When you’re finished with the work itself, learn how Walden has affected society in both how we think about nature (Thoreau's sense of place: essays in American environmental writing) and how we treat each other (Thoreau's living ethics: Walden and the pursuit of virtue)

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