Coming Soon: Excursions with Thoreau by Ed Mooney (Now Available for Pre-Order)

9781501305665Out later this year from Bloomsbury: Edward F. Mooney’s Excursions with Thoreau: Philosophy, Poetry, Religion. Anyone who’s read Ed’s essays—whether on Kierkegaard, Cavell, Henry Bugbee, or personal philosophy generally—knows what a lyrical thinker and writer Ed is. I’m sure I’m not alone in looking forward to reading this newest batch of essays on Thoreau.

About

Excursions with Thoreau is a major new exploration of Thoreau’s writing and thought that is philosophical yet sensitive to the literary and religious.

Edward F. Mooney’s excursions through passages from Walden, Cape Cod, and his late essay “Walking” reveal Thoreau as a miraculous writer, artist, and religious adept. Of course Thoreau remains the familiar political activist and environmental philosopher, but in these fifteen excursions we discover new terrain. Among the notable themes that emerge are Thoreau’s grappling with underlying affliction; his pursuit of wonder as ameliorating affliction; his use of the enigmatic image of “a child of the mist”; his exalting “sympathy with intelligence” over plain knowledge; and his preferring “befitting reverie”-not argument-as the way to be carried to better, cleaner perceptions of reality.

Mooney’s aim is bring alive Thoreau’s moments of reverie and insight, and to frame his philosophy as poetic and episodic rather than discursive and systematic.

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1. Overture
2. Celebration and Lamentation
3. Sympathy with Intelligence
4. Concord Reflections
5. Transforming Perception
6. Ethics and the Wild
7. Expressive Bones
8. Child of the Mist
9. Deaths and Rebirths
10. Affliction and Affinity
11. John Brown
12. Souls in Infinite Culture
13. Currents of Time
14. Grounding Poetry
15. Face of the River
Closing Thoughts
Closing Images, Reveries, Prayers
Closing Passions
Chronology, Works Cited, Credits
Index

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