Abstract

According to Stanley Cavell, Thoreau finished the job Kant started. He shows us the externality of the world, of the "other"—the noumena, in Kant's parlance—while Kant only deduced the things-in-themselves as limits or conditions of knowledge. Insomuch as Thoreau pulls this off at Walden and in Walden, his contact is evanescent and he uses evanescence, the poetic device employed widely by the English Romantic poets, to communicate his experience.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 179-198
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-02
Open Access
No
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