Review of H.G. Callaway (ed) R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading. [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Anuario Filosófico 39 ( 3):817-818 (2006)
We find before us an excellent edition of the book which the influential American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-82) published in December of 1860, four months before the outbreak of the American Civil War. The central question which Emerson poses in this volume concerns the conduct of life, that is, of how to live. The titles of the nine essays, which compose the book, illustrate the themes tackled: “Fate,” “Power,” “Wealth”, “Culture,” “Behavior,” “Worship”, “Considerations by the Way,” “Beauty” and “Illusions.” As Callaway suggests, Emerson’s is not a philosophy in the sense of contemporary technicalities, “the basic tendency of his thought is a metaphysical idealism in which the soul and intuition or inspiration are central.” (p. xvi). As an essentially religious thinker, profoundly preoccupied with the human soul and with the development of human potentialities, he has always firmly opposed to slavery: one cannot refuse to others human beings the development of their distinctively human potentialities (p. xxvii).
|Keywords||Ralph Waldo Emerson American Philosophy H.G. Callaway|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Ralph Waldo Emerson (ed.) (1995). Emerson's Antislavery Writings. Yale University Press.
H. G. Callaway (2008). R.W. Emerson, Society and Solitude, Twelve Chapters. Edwin Mellen Press.
H. G. Callaway (2006). Emerson on Creativity in Thought and Action. In R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading.
Sami Pihlström (2009). Review. [REVIEW] Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (3):444-449.
Krzysztof Skowronski (2008). Review of H.G. Callaway (Ed) R.W. Emerson, Society and Solitude, Twelve Chapters. [REVIEW] la Torre Del Virrey, Revista de Estudios Culturales.
David O'Hara (2009). Review of H.G. Callaway (Ed) Emerson, The Conduct of Life. [REVIEW] Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 108 (Nov.):28-30.
Richard A. S. Hall (2009). Review of H.G. Callaway (Ed) R.W. Emerson, Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters. [REVIEW] The Pluralist 4 (No.1):118-123.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (ed.) (1860). The Conduct of Life. Ticknor and Fields.
David L. O'Hara (2009). Review: H.G. Callaway (Ed.) R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life, A Philosophical Reading. [REVIEW] Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 37 (108).
H. G. Callaway (ed.) (2006). R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading. University Press of America.
Added to index2009-10-02
Total downloads138 ( #26,742 of 1,796,170 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #117,415 of 1,796,170 )
How can I increase my downloads?