Journal article

The Search for Freedom, Sustainability, and Economic Security: Henry David Thoreau as Tiny House Pioneer

S Alexander

Ethical Perspectives | Published : 2019


© 2019 by Centre for Ethics, KU Leuven. All rights reserved. In 1845 Henry David Thoreau left his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, and went to live alone in the woods on the shores of Walden Pond. There he built himself a small cabin and thus initiated his two-year experiment in simple living, which he recorded in his masterpiece Walden. In this article we return to Thoreau’s celebrated story and examine the ethical and economic reasons that drove him to live as he did, with a particular focus on his philosophy and practice of housing. Drawing primarily from his own words in Walden, we will show that Thoreau built himself a tiny house as a practical response to grappling with questions of..

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