Thoreau and American Philosophy - January 1

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The Thoreau Society
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The newly-published volume Thoreau's Significance for American Philosophy (Fordham UP) assembles a wide-range of scholarship to address the question of Thoreau's legacy for the American philosophical tradition. As the editors note, Thoreau, while central to the field of American literature, remains a marginal figure for academic philosophy: "in fact, many members of the academic philosophical community in the United States would be reluctant to classify Thoreau as a philosopher at all." This roundtable discussion will approach the question of Thoreau's complex relation to American philosophy as well as the reasons for his philosophical marginalization. Please send queries or one-page abstracts (for a 18-minute presentation) by January 1, 2013, to: This panel is sponsored by The Thoreau Society.