What we're about

Welcome to the Emerson & Thoreau Discussion Group! We will discuss the major works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau - two major philosophers/essayists of the 1800s. They describe the beauty of nature and were important to the American Transcendentalist movement. Today, their ideas are still important as relating to individualism (the power of the individual), self-reliance (how to overcome obstacles), and freedom in society (when to conform and when to think independently).

Best of all, our meetings are free and the books are free online.

We hope to see you at a meeting soon!

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Discussion of "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau (Chapter 1 continued)

This is the monthly meeting of the Emerson & Thoreau Discussion Group ("E&T"). We meet on the first Thursday of each month.

We will continue our exploration of "Walden" Chapter 1. Last month, the final passage was "The luxuriously rich are not simply kept comfortably warm..." So, we'll start there and continue to the end of the chapter, in case you want to read ahead.

Henry David Thoreau [masked]) once described himself as "a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher." He was one of the leading intellectuals in the United States in the 1800s, and his writings cover society, the individual, and the search for universal laws.

Reading Material

No reading in advance is required. As usual, I'll prepare the best quotes for our discussion.

Walden free text - http://literatureproject.com/walden/index.htm

Walden on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1619493918


Meeting time (USA):
7:00PM Eastern
6:00PM Central
5:00PM Mountain
4:00PM Pacific

For our international friends:
8:00PM São Paulo, Brazil
12:00AM London and Ireland
1:00AM Berlin
1:00AM Madrid
3:00AM Dubai
4:30AM Mumbai
4:45AM Kathmandu, Nepal
8:00AM Seoul, South Korea
9:00AM Sydney, Australia

Zoom Info

CLICK TO START MEETING - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84599908032

If you don't have a computer with camera, you can also dial using a phone. Pick one of these numbers and add ID[masked]#
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Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on philosophy and how it relates to science, culture, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

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