By Alfred I. Tauber
Thoreau was once stuck at a serious flip within the heritage of technological know-how, among the ebb of Romanticism and the emerging tide of positivism. He answered to the demanding situations posed by way of the recent excellent of objectivity now not through rejecting the clinical worldview, yet by way of humanizing it for himself. Tauber portrays Thoreau as a guy whose ethical imaginative and prescient guided his life's paintings. each one of Thoreau's initiatives mirrored a self-proclaimed "metaphysical ethics," an articulated software of self-discovery and self-knowing. via writing, by means of combining precision with poetry in his naturalist goals and straightforwardness with mystical fervor in his day-by-day task, Thoreau sought to stay a lifetime of virtue—one he may represent as marked by way of planned selection. This certain imaginative and prescient of human service provider and accountability will nonetheless look clean and modern to readers in the beginning of the twenty-first century.