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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. added 2018-11-07
    Emersons Politisches Denken Und Die Dichtung.Ridvan Askin - 2018 - In Michael Festl & Philipp Schweighauser (eds.), Literatur und Politische Philosophie: Subjektivität, Fremdheit, Demokratie. Paderborn, Germany: pp. 101-122.
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson.Roderick Long - 2008 - In Ronald Hamowy (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Washington, DC, USA:
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    Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes by Joseph Urbas.Frederic Tremblay - 2017 - The Pluralist 12 (2):120-124.
    This text is a review of Joseph Urbas's Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes (Lexington Books, 2016). In this book, Urbas proposes a reconstruction of the metaphysics of the American poet, essayist, and self-defined philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Urbas, Emerson has a coherent metaphysics, the fundamental principle of which is the category of causation. Reacting to David Hume, Emerson would have deliberately emphasized causation, connection, relation, tie, link, and so on. Emerson is thus characterized as a (...)
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    Moonstruck, or How to Ruin Everything.William Day - 2003 - In Kenneth Dauber & Walter Jost (eds.), Ordinary Language Criticism: Literary Thinking after Cavell after Wittgenstein. Evanston, IL, USA: Northwestern University Press. pp. 315-328.
    A reading of the film Moonstruck (1987) is presented in two movements. The first aligns Moonstruck with certain Hollywood film comedies of the 1930s and 40s, those Stanley Cavell calls comedies of remarriage. The second turns to some aspects of Emerson's writing – in particular his interest in our relation to human greatness, and his coinciding interest in our relation to the words of a text – and shows how Moonstruck inherits these Emersonian, essentially philosophical interests.
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    Knowing as Instancing: Jazz Improvisation and Moral Perfectionism.William Day - 2000 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 58 (2):99-111.
    This essay presents an approach to understanding improvised music, finding in the work of certain outstanding jazz musicians an emblem of Ralph Waldo Emerson's notion of self-trust and of Stanley Cavell's notion of moral perfectionism. The essay critiques standard efforts to interpret improvised solos as though they were composed, contrasting that approach to one that treats the procedures of improvisation as derived from our everyday actions. It notes several levels of correspondence between our interest in jazz improvisations and the particular (...)
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    Philosophy and 'The Literary Question': Wittgenstein, Emerson, and Strauss on the Community of Knowing.William Blaine Day - 1999 - Dissertation, Columbia University
    Despite their differences, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Leo Strauss share two key philosophical commitments. They recognize that philosophy cannot establish or discover a conceptual structure to which one might appeal to justify what one says. And they agree that the task of philosophical writing is to convey a way of thinking set apart from that which seeks to establish or discover conceptual structures. Yet each knows that his writing, in the absence of a universal ground of appeal, will (...)
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    Moonstruck, or How to Ruin Everything.William Day - 1995 - Philosophy and Literature 19 (2):292-307.
    A reading of the film Moonstruck (1987) is presented in two movements. The first aligns Moonstruck with certain Hollywood film comedies of the 1930s and 40s, those Stanley Cavell calls comedies of remarriage. The second turns to some aspects of Emerson's writing – in particular his interest in our relation to human greatness, and his coinciding interest in our relation to the words of a text – and shows how Moonstruck inherits these Emersonian, essentially philosophical interests.
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    Moonstruck, or How to Ruin Everything.William Day - 1995 - Philosophy and Literature 19 (2):292-307.
    A reading of the film Moonstruck (1987) is presented in two movements. The first aligns Moonstruck with certain Hollywood film comedies of the 1930s and 40s, those Stanley Cavell calls comedies of remarriage. The second turns to some aspects of Emerson's writing – in particular his interest in our relation to human greatness, and his coinciding interest in our relation to the words of a text – and shows how Moonstruck inherits these Emersonian, essentially philosophical interests.
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    Confucianism and American Philosophy.Mathew A. Foust - 2017 - Albany, USA: SUNY Press.
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    How Close a Reader of Emerson Is Stanley Cavell?Urbas Joseph - 2017 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 31 (4):557-574.
    This article examines Stanley Cavell's method of reading Emerson—and finds it wanting in rigor and fidelity to the original. Though Cavell declares himself to be among those who "care about the Emersonian text," who are "concerned to preserve the order of words of the Emersonian text," there is a substantial amount of evidence that this is not always the case. A close reading of Cavell's readings of Emerson reveals a pattern of misconstrual and misquotation whose effect is to strip away (...)
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    Emerson's "Philosophy of the Street".Martin A. Coleman - 2000 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 36 (2):271 - 283.
    There is a traditional interpretation of the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson that portrays him as a champion of nature, wilderness, or country life and an opponent of the city, technology, or urban life. Such a view, though, neglects the role of human activity in the universe as Emerson saw it. Furthermore, this view neglects the proper relation between soul and nature in the universe and risks entailing a philosophy of materialism--an unacceptable position for Emerson. An examination of Emerson's philosophy (...)
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    "Skeptic is a dancer on the air rope : Emerson, Montaigne et le scepticisme sage".Emiliano Ferrari - 2017 - In Jean-Charles Darmon, Philippe Desan & Gianni Paganini (eds.), Des Morales et des œuvres. Paris: Hermann. pp. 179-199.
    This study aims to highlight some major aspects of Emersonian skepticism while at the same time showing their deep links with the philosophy of Montaigne. In doing so, it does not rely solely on the well-known essay “Montaigne; or, the Skeptic” (1850), but it tries to articulate its content and other works of Emerson, in order to enrich and refine the moral and anthropological meanings of his skeptical attitude.
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    Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes, Joseph Urbas, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016. [REVIEW]Frederic Tremblay - 2017 - The Pluralist 12 (2):120-124.
    This text is a review of Joseph Urbas's Emerson's Metaphysics: A Song of Laws and Causes (Lexington Books, 2016). In this book, Urbas proposes a reconstruction of the metaphysics of the American poet, essayist, and self-defined philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. According to Urbas, Emerson has a coherent metaphysics, the fundamental principle of which is the category of causation. Reacting to David Hume, Emerson would have deliberately emphasized causation, connection, relation, tie, link, and so on. Emerson is thus characterized as a (...)
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    L’intellectuel américainThe American Scholar.Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2000 - Horizons Philosophiques 10 (2):25.
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    Coordinates of Anglo-American Romanticism.Richard E. Brantley - unknown
    (Bibliography) Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-196) and index.
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    Romanticism and Stoicism in the American Novel: From Melville To Hemingway, and After.A. Gerard & E. P. Halperin - 1958 - Diogenes 6 (23):95-110.
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    Walking Blues Making Americans From Emerson to Elvis.Tim Parrish - 2001
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    Emerson's Version of Plotinus: The Flight to Beauty.Stanley Brodwin - 1974 - Journal of the History of Ideas 35 (3):465.
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    Emerson and Indian Philosophy.Dale Riepe - 1967 - Journal of the History of Ideas 28 (1):115.
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    The Philosophical Background to the Fable of Emerson's "American Scholar".Sacvan Bercovitch - 1967 - Journal of the History of Ideas 28 (1):123.
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    The Ground of Resistance: Nature and Power in Emerson, Melville, Jeffers, and Snyder.Peter S. Quigley - 1990 - Dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Resistance movements have traditionally posited a logocentric reality to counter the prevailing structure of dominance. This element of opposition--in the humanities it has been a transhistorical nature and self--is characterized as a preideological essence. Whether this identity is a worker, a woman, the coherent individual, or nature, the tendency has been to use it as a cultural critique as well as an ontologically superior source for representation in literature and for recasting the shape of society. In the process, however, resistance (...)
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    Emerson's Natural Theology and the Paris Naturalists: Toward a Theory of Animated Nature.David Robinson - 1980 - Journal of the History of Ideas 41 (1):69.
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    Individualism in Chinese Literature.James R. Hightower - 1961 - Journal of the History of Ideas 22 (2):159.
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    Emerson and the Usable Anglo-Saxon Past.Samuel Kliger - 1955 - Journal of the History of Ideas 16 (1/4):476.
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    Brothers in Chains: Ralph Waldo Emerson and George Fitzhugh's Thoughts on Economic and Political Liberty.Larry Schweikart - 1988 - Reason Papers 13:19-34.
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    Aspects of Individualism in American Literature.Garland Greever - 1942 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 23 (4):353.
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    East-West Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century America: Emerson and Hinduism.Russell B. Goodman - 1990 - Journal of the History of Ideas 51 (4):625.
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    Emerson, Too Smart to Be a Philosopher.Nancy Bunge - 2007 - Philosophy Now 60:9-12.
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    Panorama of American Literature.Charles Duffy - 1948 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 23 (3):533-534.
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    Aesthetic Transcendentalism in Emerson, Peirce, and Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Painting.Nicholas Guardiano - 2016 - Lexington Books.
    This book proposes an original philosophy of nature, contributes to our understanding of two of America’s greatest philosophers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles S. Peirce, and examines the philosophical expressions of the art of nineteenth-century American landscape painting.
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    Nietzsche and Emerson on Friendship and Its Ethical-Political Implications.Vasti Roodt & Herman W. Siemens - 2008 - In Vasti Roodt & Herman W. Siemens (eds.), Nietzsche, Power and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche's Legacy for Political Thought. Walter de Gruyter.
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    Emerson and Tagore: The Poet As Philosopher.Yeager Hudson - 1988
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    The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Alfred R. Ferguson and Jean Ferguson Carr Alfred Kazin - 1987
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    Freedom and Fate: An Inner Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson.Stephen E. Whicher - unknown
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    Metonymies of Mind: Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and the Rhetoric of Liberal Education. Meehan - 2016 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 49 (3):277.
    Conventional wisdom concerning the intellectual relation between Ralph Waldo Emerson, America’s first public intellectual, and William James, arguably Emerson’s greatest philosophical progeny, has tended to follow a path of invidious comparison. “Literary critics admit his philosophy and deny his literature,” John Dewey notes in characterizing this tendency in an address delivered during the Emerson centenary celebrations in 1903. “And if philosophers extol his keen, calm art and speak with some depreciation,” he adds, “it also is perhaps because Emerson knew something (...)
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    Emerson's Epistemology: The Argument of the Essays.David Van Leer - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, an important figure in the popular understanding of America has been rediscovered by scholars and critics, yet there has been no critical study of Emerson's relation to traditional nineteenth-century questions about ethics and epistemology. In Emerson's Epistemology David Van Leer turns to this unexplored area of Emerson's philosophy and especially to the problem of his relation to the central intellectual issue of his age - the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant. Although Emerson would throughout his life try (...)
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    The Emerson Museum: Practical Romanticism and the Pursuit of the Whole. Lee Rust Brown.Laura Dassow Walls - 2000 - Isis 91 (1):159-161.
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    The Immortal Fire Within: The Life and Work of Edward Emerson Barnard. William Sheehan.Norriss S. Hetherington - 1996 - Isis 87 (2):380-381.
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    Spires of Form; a Study of Emerson's Aesthetic Theory.Emerson's Angle of Vision; Man and Nature in American Experience.Joseph L. Blau, Vivian C. Hopkins & Sherman Paul - 1953 - Journal of Philosophy 50 (6):195.
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    Emerson and the Agrarian Tradition.Douglas C. Stenerson - 1953 - Journal of the History of Ideas 14 (1):95.
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    The Other Emerson.Branka Arsic & Cary Wolfe (eds.) - 2010 - Univ of Minnesota Press.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-indeed, this collection argues, in the history of philosophy. The Other Emerson is a thorough reassessment of the philosophical underpinnings, theoretical innovations, and ethical and political implications of the prose writings of one of America's most enduring thinkers. Considering Emerson first and foremost as a daring and original thinker, _The Other Emerson_ focuses on three Emersonian subjects-subjectivity, the political, and the nature of philosophy-and range in (...)
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    Emerson’s Transcendental Etudes.David Hodge (ed.) - 2003 - Stanford University Press.
    This book is Stanley Cavell’s definitive expression on Emerson. Over the past thirty years, Cavell has demonstrated that he is the most emphatic and provocative philosophical critic of Emerson that America has yet known. The sustained effort of that labor is drawn together here for the first time into a single volume, which also contains two previously unpublished essays and an introduction by Cavell that reflects on this book and the history of its emergence. Students and scholars working in philosophy, (...)
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    Emerson's Pragmatic Vision: The Dance of the Eye.David Jacobson - 1993 - Pennsylvania State University Press.
    The long ignored philosophical content of Emerson's writings has recently emerged as a central topic in Emerson studies. In _Emerson's Pragmatic Vision_, David Jacobson enters the discussion, placing Emerson in a line of philosophers from Kant and Hegel to Heidegger and Derrida, and adding to our understanding of his philosophical appropriations and anticipations. In the process Jacobson shows how Emerson grappled not only with basic issues of philosophy but eventually with the value of philosophical discourse itself. Conceiving Emerson's writings as (...)
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    This New yet Unapproachable America: Essays After Emerson After Wittgenstein.Stanley Cavell - 1989 - Living Batch Books.
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    Revolutionary Shattering: Emerson on the Haitian Revolution.B. Arsi - 2015 - Télos 2015 (170):109-130.
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    “Altars to the Beautiful Necessity”: The Significance of F. W. J. Schelling’s “Philosophical Inquiries in the Nature of Human Freedom” in the Development of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concept of Fate. [REVIEW]David Greenham - 2015 - Journal of the History of Ideas 76 (1):115-137.
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    Emerson and the Democratization of Plato's “True Rhetoric”. Thompson - 2015 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 48 (2):117.
    Emerson’s adoration of Plato began early in his life, and it hardly waned as he ages. His habit of regularly reading Platonic dialogues began before he matriculated at Harvard, and in 1822, at the age of nineteen, he concluded that Plato possessed two important characteristics: “intimate familiarity with the profoundest principles of philosophy, and at the same time a power to express them with the most perfect simplicity”. Emerson’s fascination with the connection between ideas and expression in Plato persists long (...)
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    Transcendentalism: A Reader.Joel Myerson (ed.) - 2000 - Oxford University Press USA.
    The transcendentalist movement is generally recognized to be the first major watershed in American literary and intellectual history. Pioneered by Emerson, Thoreau, Orestes Brownson, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott, Transcendentalism provided a springboard for the first distinctly American forays into intellectual culture: religion and religious reform, philosophy, literature, ecology, and spiritualism. This new collection, edited by eminent American literature scholar Joel Myerson, is the first anthology of the period to appear in over fifty years. Transcendentalism: A Reader draws together in (...)
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    American Ideals 40. Emerson's History.Milton R. Konvitz - unknown
    Professor Konvitz explores Emerson’s critique of history, its impact on human lives in the present, and its relation as a continuum in the evolution of man’s understanding of universal moral principles. Man makes his own history, asserts Emerson. Rather than being fixed and permanent, history evolves in response to man’s interest and selectivity. History is only that part of the past that is usable to us and the rest has no significance. Therefore, Emerson is critical of those whose lives are (...)
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    American Ideals 41. Emerson's Evil.Milton R. Konvitz - unknown
    To understand William James’s pluralism, suggests Professor Konvitz, one must understand the influence of Emerson’s view of evil. Emerson postulates that every evil is utilized in some way for good, and there is an inevitability of good winning out. James, Professor Konvitz argues, rebels against such optimism. For Emerson, the concept of evil contradicts his belief in the infinite capacity of mankind and his belief in the religious tradition that God the Creator creates only good. Konvitz then relates this view (...)
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