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Walden and Civil Disobedience (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Thoreau, Henry David

This volume contains Henry David Thoreau's most popular and enduring works, Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience. Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, sati...re, and manual for self-reliance. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau did not intend to live as a hermit, for he received visitors regularly, and returned their visits. Rather, he hoped to isolate himself from society to gain a more objective understanding of it. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. Civil Disobedience is one of the most importance works of philosophy ever written, as relevant today as it has ever been, transcending space and time. This book is about man against the state, individuality, and Thoreau's philosophy of how one man can stand up to government and society, driven by his own convictions of right and wrong, as summarized by the timeless quote Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already. Thoreau's main point is that the best - and many times, the only - method for fighting injustice is through passive disobedience. By refusing to cooperate with the machinery of injustice, the individual can become the friction that stops the machine. Active resistance is bound for failure, as the machine (the State, society, etc.) is too formidable for the individual to fight. But, by refusing to cooperate, justice can be achieved and injustice toppled. If you are looking for a marvelous primer on individuality and the fight for justice, start with this book.
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ISBN-13 9781463570316
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Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Thoreau, Henry David
Category Philosophy
Number of Pages 224 pp
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 12mm
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Weight 307g
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