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Author Walls, Laura Dassow.

Title Seeing new worlds : Henry David Thoreau and nineteenth-century natural science / Laura Dassow Walls.

Published Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press, [1995]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.309 THOREAU/ WALL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 300 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Science and literature.
Science and literature.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-293) and index.
Contents 1. Facts and Truth: Transcendental Science from Cambridge to Concord. Nominalists, Realists, Idealists: Harvard and After, 1837. Romantic Theologies. Natural History before Walden -- 2. The Empire of Thought and the Republic of Particulars. Law as Logos. Rational Holism. The Organic Machine: Making Matter Mind. Emergent Laws. Empirical Holism -- 3. Seeing New Worlds: Thoreau and Humboldtian Science. Alexander von Humboldt, the "Napoleon of Science" Fronting Nature at Walden, 1845-1847. After Walden: Old Worlds and New -- 4. Cosmos: Knowing as Worlding. Thoreau as Humboldtian. Relational Knowing: Thoreau's Epistemology of Contact. Writing the Cosmos: Walden -- 5. A Plurality of Worlds. Intentions of the Eye. Worlds without End: The Dispersion of Seeds. The Transcendentalist at the Cattle Show: Thoreau's Ironic Science -- 6. Walking the Holy Land. Contingent Wholes: A Few Herbs and Apples. Chance and Necessity: The Laughter of the Loon. "Walking, or the Wild".
Conclusion: Disciplining Thoreau.
Subject Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Knowledge -- Natural history.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862 -- Knowledge -- Science.
Literature and science -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Natural history -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Science in literature.
Nature in literature.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
ISBN 0299147444 (paperback)