An introduction to the life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau, philosopher of sufficiency

Ecological Civilisation - Part Two (Free Course)

This presentation gives an overview of Henry David Thoreau’s philosophy of sufficiency, which he developed and practised during his famous simple living experiment at Walden Pond (1845-47).

Dr Alexander uses Thoreau’s life story to explore the question: How much is enough?

This is Part II of the Ecological Civilisation series, written and presented by Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute.

Previous Video’s include:

Introduction – Beyond Consumerism and the Growth Economy

Part 1 – Home Biogas: Renewable Energy from Food Waste

This series will be grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.


You can support Dr Alexanders work by purchasing an e-book from the Simplicity Institute, available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis (edit the price as you choose for a donation)

Samuel Alexander

Dr Samuel Alexander is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ as part of the Master of Environment.

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