This brief text assists students in understanding Thoreau's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON THOREAU is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
Stephen Hahn is Professor of English and Associate Provost at the William Paterson University of New Jersey. He received a B.A. in English (magna cum laude) and philosophy (rite) from Amherst College in 1975; an M.A. in English for Rutgers University in 1979; and a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers in 1984. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1974. He contributed two volumes to the Wadsworth Philosophers Series, ON THOREAU (2000) and ON DERRIDA (2002). He is the editor, with Arthur F. Kinney, of the volume APPROACHES TO TEACHING FAULKNER'S THE SOUND AND THE FURY (MLA, 1996); and, with Robert W. Hamblin, of the volume TEACHING FAULKNER: APPROACHES AND METHODS (Greenwood, 2001); and numerous essays on modern writers, the teaching of literature and writing, and philosophical themes in literature.
Preface. 1. Thoreau''''s Life and Thought: Thoreau as Philosopher and Thinker. 2. Walden: An Experiment in Thinking on Location. 3. "Civil Disobedience" and Other Social Writings: One Honest Man. 4. Thoreau as Naturalist: Poetry into Science. 5. Wild Apples, or The Uses of Thoreau: As He Sowed. Works Cited.