Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17 (3):155-163 (2003)

John Lysaker
Emory University
Amid its romantic excesses such as "[t]o believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men,—that is genius" (Porte 2001, 121), Emersonian individualism remains a living project, one we would do well to understand more thoroughly and pursue more rigorously. To aid in this recovery, I will, in a translating repetition of Emerson's thought that engages a range of texts, offer eight theses that any successful reconstruction of individualism must embrace.
Keywords Ralph Waldo Emerson  American philosophy  individualism
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DOI 10.1353/jsp.2003.0041
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