symploke us something about living in a city of corrupted individuals. Thoreau is important for philosophy because he demands that we live well and cast off what prevents us from living well--injustices and distractions alike. There is little to criticize about the book in its entirety. It makes the point it sets out to. The essays are uneven at times--some being somewhat repetitive and others presenting big ideas that need more thoroughgoing argumentation than a single chapter. Stand out essays include Russell B. Goodman's "Thoreau and the Body," James D. Reid's "Speaking Extravagantly: Philosophical Territory and Eccentricity in Walden," and Douglas R. Anderson's "An Emerson Gone Mad: Thoreau's American Cynicism." Scholars interested in American philosophy in general will be interested in this volume, as will those interested in living a philosophical life and not simply studying one. Justin Bell, University of Houston--Victoria David E. Johnson. Kant's Dog: On Borges, Philosophy, and the Time of Translation. Albany: State U of New York P, 2012. xi + 274 pp. In this study, David Johnson approaches--in an extremely insightful, rigorous, and well-argued way--Borges' responses to philosophical problems such as time and identity, original and copy, and undecidability. A central focus is
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