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  1. Joseph Urbas (2013). 'Bi-Polar' Emerson: 'Nominalist and Realist'. The Pluralist 8 (2):78-105.
    Emerson's philosophical rehabilitation, begun in the late 1970s, has neglected an important branch of his thought: his metaphysics. Revisionist interpretations have generally followed Stanley Cavell's anti-metaphysical lead, privileging process and pluralism to the exclusion of any ultimate grounding principle. Russell Goodman's work takes Emerson scholarship in a new direction less hostile to metaphysics. His reading of Emerson's "Nominalist and Realist" attempts to balance the principles of change and permanence , albeit in "unstable" alternation. What Goodman calls instability I call synthesis (...)
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  2. Joseph Urbas, Adam Glover, Jorge Je Gracia, Justin Bell, José Jorge Mendoza, David W. Rodick & Sami Pihlström (2013). 5. 'Bi-Polar' Emerson: 'Nominalist and Realist' (Pp. 78-105). The Pluralist 8 (2):78-105.
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  3. Joseph Urbas (2009). True Romance: Emerson's Realism. Southwest Philosophy Review 25 (2):113-147.
    Two things have been missing from discussions of Emerson and skepticism. The first—and the most glaring omission, given his precise, unambiguous definition of skepticism as “unbelief in cause and effect” (“Worship”)—is Emerson’s causationism. The second is his view of skepticism as organically related to a wide array of other forms of anti-realism or “romance.” Only the first can explain the second and thereby give us a better sense of how Emerson’s specific response to skepticism as a philosophical problem fits into (...)
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