Through his writing and his own personal philosophy, the famed philosopher unburdened his young country of Europe’s traditional sense of history and showed Americans how to be creators of their own circumstances. His mandate, which called for harmony with, rather than domestication of, nature, and for a reliance on individual integrity, rather than on materialistic institutions, is echoed in many of the great American philosophical and literary works of his time and ours, and has given an impetus to modern political and social activism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882) was a renowned lecturer and writer, whose ideas on philosophy, religion, and literature influenced many writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. After an undergraduate career at Harvard, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and… More about Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Published by Penguin Books Oct 27, 2009| 128 Pages| 4-3/8 x 7-1/8| ISBN 9780141042480