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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 2020-02-22
    Emerson's Speculative Pragmatism.Ridvan Askin - 2019 - In New Directions in Philosophy and Literature. Edinburgh: pp. 234-252.
    With its poetic and highly paratactic style and its reliance on the essay form Emerson’s program, I believe, is best captured with the expression ‘speculative pragmatism’. I will attempt to give this expression some consistency. The trajectory I have chosen for this task is as follows: I will begin with considerations concerning the fundamental relation between metaphysics and aesthetics for Emerson, then move on to the more specific relation between aesthetics and the work of art with literature as its prime (...)
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    Education: An Essay and Other Selections by Ralph Waldo Emerson.Elizabeth Kemper Adams - 1909 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 6 (17):471-472.
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    A Composite Portrait of a True American Philosophy on Magnanimity.Andrew J. Corsa & Eric Schliesser - 2019 - In Sophia Vasalou (ed.), The Measure of Greatness: Philosophers on Magnanimity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 235-265.
    This paper offers a composite portrait of the concept of magnanimity in nineteenth-century America, focusing on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. A composite portrait, as a method in the history of philosophy, is designed to bring out characteristic features of a group's philosophizing in order to illuminate characteristic features that may still resonate in today's philosophy. Compared to more standard methods in the historiography of philosophy, the construction of a composite portrait de-privileges the views of individual (...)
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    Stanley Cavell su Emerson e la redenzione del linguaggio dalla filosofia.Agnese Fortuna - 2008 - Annali Del Dipartimento di Filosofia 14:153-177.
    The issue of skepticism emerges in Experience by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In Finding as Founding Stanley Cavell reads Emerson's essay as a contribution to the idealistic debate in order to recuperate Kant's 'thing in itself'. Placing that question in the ordinary space of everyday life makes Emerson a precursor of the attacks by Austin and Wittgenstein particularly regarding philosophy and skepticism. The possibility of redeeming our linguistic praxis and gaining some intimacy between language and world rises through a conversion of (...)
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    Absolute-Brahma: Royce and the Upanishads.Joshua M. Hall - 2014 - Asian Philosophy 24 (2):121-132.
    While acknowledging a certain affinity between his own thought and the Vedanta concept of a world-soul or universal spirit, Josiah Royce nevertheless locates this concept primarily in what he terms the Second Conception of Being—Mysticism. In his early magnum opus, The World and the Individual, Royce utilizes aspects of the Upanishads in order to flesh out his picture of the mystical understanding of and relationship to being. My primary concern in the present investigation is to introduce some nuance into Royce’s (...)
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    Intuition: The “Unseen Thread” Connecting Emerson and James*: Gregg Crane.Gregg Crane - 2013 - Modern Intellectual History 10 (1):57-86.
    Recent scholarly comment on the relation between Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James offers an either–or choice between conflating the two thinkers in a proto-postmodern, antifoundationalist cast or dividing them into mutually exclusive categories of idealist believer and relativist skeptic. Contending that neither of these positions captures the pragmatist adumbrations in Emerson or the transcendentalist retentions in James, this essay turns to James's annotations of Emerson's writings as a singularly revealing yet largely neglected source of information about the exact nature (...)
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    Richard Deming, Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading. [REVIEW]Randy L. Friedman - 2009 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 45 (1):114-120.
    Reading a book for a review is not the same as reading for pleasure or research. The voice of the ‘critic’—or the critic one would like to be—muffles the voice of the text. Reviewing a book on reading, written by a writer, is as disconcerting as speaking with an old high school English teacher. I take courage from Emerson. In “The Poet,” an essay to which Richard Deming often returns, Emerson offers: Doubt not, O poet, but persist. Say, “It is (...)
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    Emerson's Crossing: English Traits and the Politics of “Politics”: Martin Griff In.Martin Griffin - 2008 - Modern Intellectual History 5 (2):251-278.
    As the American political controversies of the 1850s were as much about the category of the political as about slavery, property, or territorial expansion, so did Emerson's focus shift from a philosophical exploration of politics to a lived experience of conflict and a new poetics of political writing. The essay “Politics,” published in 1844, explored an idealist vision emerging from Transcendentalism, but the engagement with British power and cultural authority that took place during his long visit in 1847 and 1848 (...)
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    Traditions of Pragmatism and the Myth of the Emersonian Democrat.Randy L. Friedman - 2007 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (1):154-184.
    Beginning with Emerson's turn from his pulpit, many argue that American philosophy has rigorously held forth against supernaturalism and metaphysics. While most read self-reliance as a call for individualism, I argue that self-reliance is the application of the moral sentiment to the source of existence Emerson calls the Over-soul. Figures like George Kateb, Stanley Cavell, and Jeffrey Stout have presented a very different picture of American pragmatism. Stout, in particular, is responsible for building up what I call "the myth of (...)
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    Naoko Saito, The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson. [REVIEW]Michael J. McGandy - 2006 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (2):303-304.
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    A Timely Reminder of Emerson’s Perennial Value. [REVIEW]John Lysaker - 2005 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 33 (102):12-15.
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    Emerson’s Anti-Slavery Writings. [REVIEW]Dallas L. Ouren - 1997 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 25 (77):26-27.
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    Dugard's Ralph Waldo Emerson: Sa Vie Et Son Oeuvre.Will S. Monroe - 1908 - Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 5 (13):357.
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    Self-Reliance and the Portability of Pragmatism. Neville - 2014 - American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 35 (2):93.
    Flush with the juices of adolescence, American philosophy declared independence from its European parentage in the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his generation. In 1837, Emerson addressed the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Society on the occasion of its inaugural meeting for the year, which he called a “holiday.” Emerson began: I greet you on the recommencement of our literary year. Our anniversary is one of hope, and, perhaps, not enough of labor. We do not meet for games of strength (...)
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    Bi-Polar" Emerson: "Nominalist and Realist. Urbas - 2013 - The Pluralist 8 (2):78.
    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 (...)
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    New Morning: Emerson in the Twenty-First Century Arthur S. Lothstein & Michael Brodrick. Kovalainen - 2010 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 46 (4):650.
    This timely anthology contains five pieces of republished poetry (and one original poem) and eleven essays of varying length taking mostly contemporary stances on—and thus hoping to spur the on-going reception into the twenty-first century of—the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The assortment of the texts is heterogeneous, yet showing a slight philosophical emphasis: among the eleven essays, half a dozen are by authors trained in philosophy, a couple by literary scholars, and another couple by poets. The prose pieces are (...)
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    Montaigne, Emerson, and the Affirmation of Ordinary Life.Christopher Edelman - 2019 - Montaigne Studies (No. 1-2):55-68.
    This essay argues that Montaigne and Emerson share not only a literary style and a form of skepticism, but also a moral project, namely—to borrow a concept from Charles Taylor—the affirmation of ordinary life. Moreover, Montaigne and Emerson approach this project in fundamentally the same way: rather than offering readers discursive arguments, they attempt to reform readers’ imaginations. Finally, recognizing the poetic nature of their respective affirmations of ordinary life allows us to appreciate how their seemingly dogmatic claims regarding human (...)
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  18. 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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    Confucianism and American Philosophy.Mathew A. Foust - 2017 - Albany, USA: SUNY Press.
    In this highly original work, Mathew A. Foust breaks new ground in comparative studies through his exploration of the connections between Confucianism and the American Transcendentalist and Pragmatist movements. In his examination of a broad range of philosophers, including Confucius, Mencius, Xunzi, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Peirce, William James, and Josiah Royce, Foust traces direct lines of influence from early translations of Confucian texts and brings to light conceptual affinities that have been previously overlooked. Combining resources from (...)
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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Emerson and Indian Philosophy.Dale Riepe - 1967 - Journal of the History of Ideas 28 (1):115.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Panorama of American Literature.Charles Duffy - 1948 - Thought: Fordham University Quarterly 23 (3):533-534.
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    Emerson, Too Smart to Be a Philosopher.Nancy Bunge - 2007 - Philosophy Now 60:9-12.
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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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    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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    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 Kazin Alfred R. Ferguson and Jean Ferguson Carr - 1987
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    Emerson's Epistemology: The Argument of the Essays.David Van Leer - 1986 - 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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