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The Price of Freedom: Political Philosophy from Thoreau's Journals (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

Henry David Thoreau , David M Gross
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Considered "blasphemous, revolutionary, and politically incautious," these excerpts from Henry David Thoreau's journals were his attempts to mine the richest vein of observations about conscience, civil disobedience, conscience, the state, slavery, war and economics -- and to present those observations free from the censorship that tamed his published work.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author and philosopher.

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  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
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  • Publisher: Picket Line Press (May 4, 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZH872W
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful and important July 13, 2009
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For many years, I've been hoping to get time to comb Thoreau's massive journals for expressions of his political views. David Gross has done it for me, and done it in an extremely clear and thorough way, with excellent notes and references.

Of course, Thoreau's reputation as a pre-eminent American (and anarchist) political thinker depends on his great essay "Civil Disobedience." Here, we see many sources of that essay, and developments out of it. Here too, you see the connections that Thoreau himself made between his political positions - his advocacy of freedom, especially in opposition to slavery in every sense - and his naturalism, or indeed, his whole understanding a reality, truth, and humanity. And one sees, as well, the very essence of American individualism, formulated centrally by Emerson (more or less Thoreau's mentor and best friend), but expressed as profoundly by Thoreau as by anyone in history.

Thoreau is among the best political thinkers - and certainly among the best writers - in our language. David Gross has done us all a service in truly displaying the depth and clarity of this thought.
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