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Summary Ralph Waldo Emerson was a nineteenth century American literary philosopher and the chief figure of the New England Renaissance. His work reflects earlier Anglo-American and European traditions of thought and was a significant influence on subsequent developments in American philosophy and American culture generally--where he and his writings are deeply rooted. 
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  1. Shanta Acharya (2001). The Influence of Indian Thought on Ralph Waldo Emerson. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  2. Elizabeth Kemper Adams (1909). Education: An Essay and Other Selections by Ralph Waldo Emerson. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 6 (17):471.
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  3. Adam Adler, Emerson's Hidden Influence: What Can Spinoza Tell the Boy?
    Scholarship on Emerson to date has not considered Spinoza’s influence upon his thought. Indeed, from his lifetime until the twentieth century, Emerson’s friends and disciples engaged in a concerted cover-up because of Spinoza’s hated name. However, Emerson mentioned his respect and admiration of Spinoza in his journals, letters, lectures, and essays, and Emerson’s thought clearly shows an importation of ideas central to Spinoza’s system of metaphysics, ethics, and biblical hermeneutics. In this essay, I undertake a biographical and philosophical study in (...)
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  4. Steven G. Affeldt (2004). Review of David Mikics, The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2004 (9).
    All students of Nietzsche know of his profound admiration for Emerson’s writing. However, as Stanley Cavell has observed, this knowledge has mostly been repressed or ineffective; which is to say that the extent, depth, and specificity of Emerson’s influence upon Nietzsche has remained largely unacknowledged and unassessed. In the course of the past decade or so, owing in large part to the influence of Cavell’s own work on Emerson (and Nietzsche), this situation has begun to change. Emerson’s work has increasingly (...)
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  5. Steven G. Affeldt (2003). Review of Richard Eldridge (Ed.), Stanley Cavell. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2003 (11).
    Including the substantial Introduction by Richard Eldridge, this volume consists of nine previously unpublished essays each of which focuses upon a single region of Cavell’s work. While the scope of the issues considered in the volume can be only incompletely indicated by listing the regions addressed, they include: ethics, philosophy of action, the normativity of language, aesthetics and modernism, American philosophy, Shakespeare, film, television, and opera, and the relation of Cavell’s work to German philosophy and Romanticism. The volume also contains (...)
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  6. James M. Albrecht (1995). Limitation and Power: Emerson's Pragmatic Transcendentalism. Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
    This dissertation challenges the widely accepted view that Emerson's thought shifted from a naive affirmation of individual power, in his early works, to a more sober focus, in his later ones, on the forces that limit the autonomy and power of individual acts. In contrast, this study maintains that Emerson's writings, early and late, consistently portray human acts as limited by both the cultural media with which they must be articulated and the material environment they strive to re-shape. Early works (...)
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  7. David D. Anderson (1960). A Comparison of the Poetic Theories of Emerson and Poe. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 41 (4):471.
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  8. Douglas Anderson (2007). Emerson’s Schellingean Natures: Origins of and Possibilities for American Environmental Thought: As Naturezas Schellinguianas de Emerson: Origens E Possibilidades Do Pensamento Ambientalista Dos Estados Unidos. Cognitio 8 (1).
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  9. J. Heath Atchley (2006). The Death of Emerson: Writing, Loss, and Divine Presence. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20 (4):251 - 265.
    When I cruise the forty-three television channels available to me (and that's basic cable), simultaneously being enchanted and disgusted by much that I see (a kind of Kantian sublime), I cannot help but think that the culture in which I find myself is less articulate than ever. For this situation perhaps the 43rd President of the United States could serve as a useful emblem—a joke that is all too easy to make. But such a diagnosis of the low standard of (...)
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  10. Thomas Augst (1999). Composing the Moral Senses: Emerson and the Politics of Character in Nineteenth-Century America. Political Theory 27 (1):85-120.
    This paper concerns the character of Emerson's philosophy and his ethical thought in its relationship to nineteenth-century politics.
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  11. Babette Babich (1994). George J. Stack, Nietzsche and Emerson: An Elective Affinity. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 14:55-57.
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  12. Babette E. Babich (1994). George J. Stack, Nietzsche and Emerson: An Elective Affinity Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 14 (1):55-57.
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  13. Charles M. Bakewell (1903). The Philosophy of Emerson. Philosophical Review 12 (5):525-536.
    This paper concerns the character of Emerson's philosophy, and his general attitude toward life, in relationship to the human tendency to become isolated or compartmentalized, in view and attitude, by the specifics of work, career and particular perspectives.
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  14. Joseph L. Balu (1977). Emerson's Transcendentalist Individualism as a Social Philosophy. Review of Metaphysics 31:80-92.
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  15. Stephen Barnes (2007). The Conduct of Life. [REVIEW] Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 35 (106):37-38.
    Here H.G. Callaway offers us a new reading edition of the oft-cited, commonly-studies, and widely-enjoyed Emerson text The Conduct of Life. This edition provides an introduction by Callaway, annotations throughout, a chronology, a bibliography, and index, and modern spellings throughout. And it does its job well.
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  16. Stéphane Bastien (2002). Spiritualité, authenticité et l'expérience ordinaire : la figure d'Emerson dans Les Sources du Moi de Taylor. Horizons Philosophiques 13 (1):13-25.
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  17. Stanley Bates (2004). David Mikics, The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 24 (4):274-276.
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  18. Stanley Bates (2004). David Mikics, The Romance of Individualism in Emerson and Nietzsche. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 24:274-276.
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  19. Stanley Bates (1992). Stanley Cavell, Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 12 (3):172-174.
  20. John Oliver Beaver (1994). Emerson's Prophet-Poet Mythos: The Aesthetics of Emerson's Visionary Poetics. Dissertation, University of California, Riverside
    Emerson's poetry since his publication of Poems in 1847 has been misevaluated, underrated, and to a large extent overlooked by critics. My dissertation endeavors to view Emerson's poems in the mode of his visionary poetics, so that Emerson's aesthetics and verse may be more thoroughly appreciated, and more effectively appraised. The dissertation addresses this argument by foregrounding Emerson's aesthetics in his changing view of theology in the early 1830's, and tracing his new First Philosophy to its epistemological extensions in his (...)
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  21. Henry Augustin Beers (1919). Four Americans Roosevelt Hawthorne Emerson Whitman. Pub. By the Yale University Press.
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  22. James Bell (2007). Absolve You to Yourself: Emerson's Conception of Rational Agency. Inquiry 50 (3):234 – 252.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson famously warned his readers against the dangers of conformity and consistency. In this paper, I argue that this warning informs his engagement with and opposition to a Kantian view of rational agency. The interpretation I provide of some of Emerson's central essays outlines a unique conception of agency, a conception which gives substance to Emerson's exhortations of self-trust. While Kantian in spirit, Emerson's view challenges the requirement that autonomy requires acting from a conception of the law. The (...)
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  23. Jonathan Bishop (1998). Emerson and Christianity. Renascence 50 (3-4):221-237.
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  24. Joseph L. Blau (1977). Emerson's Transcendentalist Individualism as a Social Philosophy. Review of Metaphysics 31 (1):80 - 92.
    Much of the attention of recent students of American philosophy has been concentrated on the study of philosophers and ways of doing philosophy in the post-Civil War era. It is understandable that this should be so, for the problems of late nineteenth and twentieth century thought are still alive, still perplexing, in our own attempts at philosophic understanding. There is much, however, that is overlooked by narrowing our focus to what Max Fisch and his associates describe as "classic" American philosophy, (...)
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  25. Carl Bode (ed.) (1981). The Portable Emerson. Penguin.
    This is a standard and useful collection of Emerson's writings--broadly available.
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  26. Gino Dante Borges (2003). A New World Every Morning: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Contemplation of the Endlessness of Beginnings. Dissertation, Purdue University
    As a prodigious American intellectual, rhetorician, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson pursued many ideas. This dissertation examined one particularly significant theme in his writings: what I called "endings." A series of tragic and untimely deaths of loved ones caused him to take an extensive interest in the idea of endings. As for the literature that surrounds Emerson, some scholars have directly discussed his reaction to loss, while others have indirectly discussed a corollary theme, incompleteness. These studies overlook the extensive connection (...)
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  27. Percy H. Boynton (1929). Emerson in His Period. International Journal of Ethics 39 (2):177-189.
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  28. Richard E. Brantley (1993). Coordinates of Anglo-American Romanticism Wesley, Edwards, Carlyle & Emerson.
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  29. Vince Brewton, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson became the most widely known man of letters in America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and an advocate of social reforms who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers. Emerson achieved some reputation with his verse, corresponded with many of the leading intellectual and artistic figures of his day, and during an off and on again career as a Unitarian minister, delivered and later published a number of controversial sermons. Emerson’s (...)
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  30. T. H. Brobjer (2003). Nachweis Aus Emerson, Ralph Waldo: The Conduct of Life. Nietzsche-Studien 32:443-443.
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  31. Michael Brodrick (2011). American Transcendentalism. In James Fieser & Bradley Dowden (eds.), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    American transcendentalism is essentially a kind of practice by which the world of facts and the categories of common sense are temporarily exchanged for the world of ideas and the categories of imagination. The point of this exchange is to make life better by lifting us above the conflicts and struggles that weigh on our souls. As these chains fall away, our souls rise to heightened experiences of freedom and union with the good. Emerson and Thoreau are the two most (...)
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  32. Percy W. Brown (1957). Emerson's Philosophy of Aesthetics. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 15 (3):350-354.
    As this writer reads him, Emerson's thinking falls into three loose and broad categories. He held soul to be divine, that intuition or divine spark within every man, whereby every man is capable of infinite growth. He regarded Nature as the lengthened shadow of God cast upon human sense, a kind of incarnation of some Divine Power here on earth. And he believed Deity ever near to man, and every soul possessed of access to Deity, not continuously, but at least (...)
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  33. Lawrence Buell (2003). Emerson. Harvard University Press.
    Buell has written an excellent intellectual biography of Emerson--which is especially good on Emerson's relationship to Thoreau. This is a book in the style of American literary studies and certainly of use to students of Emerson's thought in philosophy. "On the occasion of Emerson’s 200th birthday, Lawrence Buell revisits the life of the nation’s first public intellectual and discovers how he became a "representative man.".
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  34. Lorenzo Zoran Buj (1993). History and Humanism: Readings in Kant, Emerson, Nietzsche. Dissertation, University of Michigan
    All of Kant's thinking is directly or indirectly preoccupied with the question "What is Man?" Nowhere is this question posed with more thoroughness than in his lesser-known historical writings, of which the "Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View" and "Conjectural Beginning of Human History" are canonical statements. It is here that he enunciates a world-historical ideology of human progress. History is viewed as the universal march of reason, which is to say, the cosmopolitan advance of (...)
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  35. Robert E. Burkholder & Joel Myerson (1984). Ralph Waldo Emerson. In Joel Myerson (ed.), The Transcendentalists: A Review of Research and Criticism. Modern Language Association of America
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  36. H. G. Callaway (2010). Memories and Portraits, Explorations in American Thought. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    In Memories and Portraits: Explorations in American Thought, H. G. Callaway embeds his distinctive contextualism and philosophical pluralism within strands of history and autobiography, spanning three continents. Starting in Philadelphia, and reflecting on the meaning of home in American thought, he offers a philosophically inspired narrative of travel and explorations, in Europe and Africa, illuminating central elements of American thought—partly out of diverse foreign and domestic reactions and fascinating cultural contrasts. -/- This book is of interest for the contemporary interplay (...)
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  37. H. G. Callaway (2009). Review of D.W. Howe, What Hath God Wrought. [REVIEW] History News Network, Online 2009.
    This is my review of D.W. Howe's 2007 book, What Hath God Wrought, Transformation of America 1815-1848. The book is a volume in the new Oxford History of the U.S.(O.U.P. 2007)--exploring the transformation of the early American republic through the period of domination of the Jacksonian Democrats. This is also the period of the New England Renaissance and the early work of R.W. Emerson. Howe devotes a good deal of attention to Emerson and his influence and thereby provides needed historical (...)
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  38. H. G. Callaway (2008). Emerson and the Law of Freedom. In R.W. Emerson, Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters. Mellon Press
    This paper is the expository and evaluative introduction to my new edition of Emerson's Society and Solitude, Twelve Chapters.
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  39. H. G. Callaway (2008). R.W. Emerson, Society and Solitude, Twelve Chapters. Edwin Mellen Press.
    This new edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Society and Solitude reproduces the original 1870 edition—only updating nineteenth-century prose spellings. Emerson’s text is fully annotated to identify the authors and issues of concern in the twelve essays, and definitions are provided for selected words in Emerson’s impressive vocabulary. The work aims to facilitate a better understanding of Emerson’s late philosophy in relation to his sources, his development and his subsequent influence.
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  40. H. G. Callaway (2007). Emerson and Santayana on Imagination. In Flamm And Skowronski (ed.), Under Any Sky, Contemporary Readings on George Santayana.
    This paper examines Santayana on imagination, and related themes, chiefly as these are expressed in his early work, Interpretations of Poetry and Religion (1900). My hypothesis is that Santayana under-estimates, in this book, the force and significance of the prevalent distinction between imagination and fancy, as this was originally put forward by Coleridge and later developed in Emerson’s late essays. I will focus on some of those aspects of Santayana’s book which appear to react to or to engage with Emerson’s (...)
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  41. H. G. Callaway (2006). Emerson on Creativity in Thought and Action. In R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading.
    The opening essay of Emerson’s 1860 book, The Conduct of Life, posed, in that fateful year of threatening Civil War and disunion, the philosophical problem of human freedom and fate. The essay “Fate” is followed in the present book by a series of essays on related themes, including: “Power,” “Wealth,” “Culture,” “Worship,” “Beauty” and “Illusions.” The central question of the volume is, “How shall I live?” Appreciating both our freedom and its limits, we understand the vitality of power to acquire (...)
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  42. H. G. Callaway (ed.) (2006). R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading. University Press of America.
    This new edition emphasizes Emerson's philosophy and thoughts on such issues as freedom and fate; creativity and established culture; faith, experience, and evidence; the individual, God, and the world; unity and dualism; moral law, grace, and compensation; and wealth and success. Emerson's text has been fully annotated to explain difficult words and to clarify his references. The Introduction, Notes, Bibliography, Index, and Chronology of Emerson's life help the reader understand his distinctive outlook, his contributions to philosophy, and his place in (...)
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  43. H. G. Callaway (1999). Review of Mott, W.T and R.E. Burkholder Eds., Emersonian Circles, Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson. [REVIEW] Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society 35 (3):629-632.
    The 14 essays assembled in this volume, along with their intensive scholarship, create somewhat the impression of a Who's Who of contemporary literary studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the American Transcendentalists. All has been brought together by Mott and Burkholder to honor Joel Myerson, with the words of Emerson's famous remark to Walt Whitman, "We greet You at the Mid-point of a Great Career" (p. xi). An authority on Transcendentalism, textual and bibliographical studies, Myerson has written, edited, or co-edited (...)
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  44. Kenneth Walter Cameron (1994). Emerson at the Divinity School His Address of 1838 and its Significance. Transcendental Books.
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  45. Kenneth Walter Cameron & Ralph Waldo Emerson (1996). Emerson's Developing Philosophy the Early Lectures. Transcendental Books.
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  46. Kenneth Walter Cameron & Ralph Waldo Emerson (1996). Emerson's Philosophic Path to a Vocation. Transcendental Books.
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  47. Kenneth Walter Cameron & Ralph Waldo Emerson (1984). Emerson's Transcendentalism and British Swedenborgism. Transcendental Books.
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  48. Kenneth Walter Cameron, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, William Jesse Jupp, John Page Hopps & François de Salignac de La Mothe- Fénelon (1998). Thoreau, Emerson and Europe Four Titles. Transcendental Books.
    A collection of 4 studies on Ralph Waldo Emerson, George P Bradford, Emerson and the Perennial Philosophy of Fenelon; 'Emerson, Nietzsche and Man's Striving Upward the''Via Eminentiae' Superior People Backgrounds and a Special Bibliography.' "The Perennial Philosophy of Emerson and Thoreau in England: William Jesse Jupp" & 'Emerson, Glasgow & John Page Hopps; The Unitarian Struggle with Scottish Calvinism'. Literary Criticism, Philosophy, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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  49. J. Campbell (1982). Rethinking Emerson-an Examination of His Enduring Value. Journal of Thought 17 (4):56-67.
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  50. Frederic Ives Carpenter (1953). Emerson Handbook. Journal of Philosophy 50 (23):702-703.
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