A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau (Political Companions to Great American Authors)

A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau (Political Companions to Great American Authors)

By: Jack Turner (editor), George M. Shulman (contributor), Leigh Kathryn Jenco (contributor), Bob Pepperman Taylor (contributor), Nancy L. Rosenblum (contributor), Jaffa Jaffa (contributor), Brian Walker (contributor), Chaloupka Chaloupka (contributor), Jack Turner (contributor), Patrick J. Deneen (foreword_author)Hardback

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The writings of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) have captivated scholars, activists, and ecologists for more than a century. Less attention has been paid, however, to the author's political philosophy and its influence on American public life. Although Thoreau's doctrine of civil disobedience has long since become a touchstone of world history, the greater part of his political legacy has been overlooked. Following a resurgence of interest in recent years, "A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau" is the first volume focused exclusively on Thoreau's ethical and political thought. Combining both new and classic essays, this book offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Thoreau's political life and writings, and includes discussions of subjects ranging from his democratic individualism to the political relevance of his intellectual eccentricity. The collection consists of works by sixteen prominent political theorists and includes an extended bibliography on Thoreau's politics. "A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau" is a landmark reference for anyone seeking a better understanding of Thoreau's complex political philosophy.

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Jack Turner is assistant professor of political science at the University of Washington. His articles have appeared in Polity, Political Theory, and other publications.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/07/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780813124780
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 460
  • ID: 9780813124780
  • weight: 816
  • ISBN10: 0813124786

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