Ralph Waldo Emerson - Essays - Transcendentalists
Among the most important writers for the shape of Emerson's philosophyare Plato and the Neoplatonist line extending through Plotinus,Proclus, Iamblichus, and the Cambridge Platonists. Equally importantare writers in the Kantian and Romantic traditions (which Emersonprobably learned most about from Coleridge's BiographiaLiteraria). Emerson read avidly in Indian, especially Hindu,philosophy, and in Confucianism. There are also multiple empiricist,or experience-based influences, flowing from Berkeley, Wordsworth andother English Romantics, Newton's physics, and the new sciences ofgeology and comparative anatomy. Other writers whom Emerson oftenmentions are Anaxagoras, St. Augustine, Francis Bacon, Jacob Behmen,Cicero, Goethe, Heraclitus, Lucretius, Mencius, Pythagoras, Schiller,Thoreau, August and Friedrich Schlegel, Shakespeare, Socrates, Madamede Staël and Emanuel Swedenborg.
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"Circles" is an essay by , first published in 1841. The essay consists of a philosophical view of the vast array of circles one may find throughout nature. In the opening line of the essay Emerson states "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end".
Emerson begins his essay by observing the omnipresence of nature, which garners respect from the observer. However, nature always seems distant, indifferent. Emerson then puts forth the idea that not everyone can observe nature, that one must have the capacity to appreciate, to feel awe and wonder, like a child would who does not try to understand but only appreciate. He personifies nature as a woman by giving it human emotions and actions, such as “Nature never wears a mean appearance”, and also that the “wisest man could never loser curiosity by finding out all her perfection.” The experience with nature that Emerson describes is truly sublime, magical and yet indescribably beautiful.
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Looks at the problem of selfhood in Emerson's essay and relates that to relevance today, especially in religious belief in our increasingly-secular age.
A short essay, some selections from the essay, and some excellent questions for thinking about Emerson's ideas.
A short introduction to American culture about 1841, looking at Emerson's essay and its relationship to ideas of democracy, culture and the masses.
A Unitarian Universalist minister muses about the position of Emerson in that faith today, where he's often considered a "prophet of religious liberalism." - about the book and its author
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Essay on Nature by Arthur Lee Jacobson
Although Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau shared similar views and beliefs relating to Transcendentalism, the approach each author took in writing and making the ideas that were so important concrete was not alw...
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Emerson uses this technique to craft a spiritual essay that pushes the reader to see the universe from a different perspective, and to tear away from the social norms of what is expected of religion to follow his or her own path....
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Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" is often the first or only exposure students get to Emerson's thought. Here are some resources to help understand this essay:
An essay introducing the background and context of Transcendentalism, for help in understanding where Emerson's ideas came from.
From Emerson himself, with some dictionary and other simple definitions listed as well.
Basic information on Transcendentalism - links to the two items above plus more.
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Ann Woodlief's excellent introduction to the Emerson essay, Self-Reliance.
An article by Alfred I.
Emerson Nature Philosophy - Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature
Emerson, who was considered America's first philosopher, had earlier traveled to Europe and became fascinated by the concepts of one German philosopher known as Kant.