Emerson and the Question of Style

Philosophy and Literature 43 (2):369-383 (2019)
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Rumi’s story of the elephant in the dark room is the story of the reception of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Depending upon where they have touched, which constitutes their vantage points, commentators have come to believe Emerson to be, among others, the “philosopher of Democracy”, the theologian of the American religion of self-reliance, the philosopher of the ordinary, the “friend and aider of those who live in spirit”, a genteel soul “impervious to the evidence of evil”, or a naïve writer whose essays “are already an encumbrance”. Was Emerson somehow all the above—a man for all seasons or a “Professor of Things in...



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