Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism

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Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« on: December 15, 2011, 09:03:18 AM »
Transcendental Beliefs

-A Universal Soul or Energy
-Essential Goodness of Humans
-Corrupting nature of society
-Perfectionism and Optimism
-Symbolic aspect of nature

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011, 09:04:12 AM »
Emerson’s Major Ideas

-Transparent Eyeball (Refers to the idea that one must empty oneself of previous ideas and 
 experiences in order to “see” the proper nature of the universe.(Nature, 1836)

-Demand for original American thought and art. (The American Scholar, 1837)

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011, 09:05:38 AM »
-Rejection of traditional values and ideas, in favor of one’s own empirical knowledge about the world.
 This includes religious beliefs. (Self-Reliance, The Divinity School Address)

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 09:20:02 AM »
Symbol, Nature, and language

Emerson’s dictum on the nature of nature and language. (Nature,1836)
1.Words are signs of natural facts
2.Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts.
3.Nature is the symbol of the spirit
How are these ideas the dominant philosophy in American Romantic writing? 

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011, 09:23:15 AM »
Henry David Thoreau: Major Works and Ideas

Civil Disobedience--States that the only law men are bound to is the law of their own conscience. Also states that citizens have the right to peacefully rebel against unjust laws.

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 09:23:55 AM »
Works and Ideas Cont.

Walden (1854)
Themes:
Environmentalism
Anti-materialism
Self-reliance
Critique of American Society

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 09:24:43 AM »
Quotes about Thoreau

James Russell Lowell: "He was a Transcendentalist crackpot and phony who insisted on going back to flint and steel when he had a matchbox in his pocket; a fellow to the loonies who thought bran or wearing of the substitution of hooks and eyes for buttons would save the world."

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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2012, 12:38:13 PM »
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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2012, 10:33:22 PM »
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Re: Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 04:18:52 PM »
It was a bit tough to enjoy... yet, i must say, a good observation.