Proceedings of the 2018 3rd International Conference on Humanities Science, Management and Education Technology (HSMET 2018)

A Study of Taoism in Thoreau’s “Walden”

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Minglan Zhang
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Minglan Zhang
Available Online June 2018.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/hsmet-18.2018.155How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Walden, Taoism,Transcendentalism
Abstract

Walden records the life and thoughts of the American writer Henry David Thoreau when he lived in Walden Pond by himself. Although Thoreau never mentions Taoism in Walden, this book always reflects his spiritual pursuit of Taoism. Thoreau and Taoists have the similar answers to the problems that human face in different era and different cultural backgrounds. This paper analyzes the Taoism in Walden from three aspects: return to nature, pursuit of simple life and social criticism, and points out that the similar philosophical basis between “Tao” and Transcendentalism accounts for the similarities between Thoreau and Taoist.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2018 3rd International Conference on Humanities Science, Management and Education Technology (HSMET 2018)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
June 2018
ISBN
978-94-6252-537-5
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/hsmet-18.2018.155How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2018, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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