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Title A political companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson / edited by Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk
Published Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 487 pages)
Series Political companions to great American authors
Political companions to great American authors.
Contents Introduction: the new history of Emerson's politics and his philosophy of self-reliance / Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk -- pt. 1. Classics on Emerson's politics -- Emerson: the all and the one / Wilson Carey McWilliams -- Emerson and the inhibitions of democracy / Judith N. Shklar -- Self-reliance, politics, and society / George Kateb -- Aversive thinking: Emersonian representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche / Stanley Cavell -- Part 2. Emerson's self-reliance properly understood -- Self-reliance and complicity: Emerson's ethics of citizenship / Jack Turner -- The limits of self-reliance: Emerson, slavery, and abolition / James H. Read -- Emerson, self-reliance, and the politics of democracy / Len Gougeon -- Part III. The stubborn reality of Emerson's transcendentalism -- Skeptical triangle? a comparison of the political thought of Emerson, Nietzsche, and Montaigne / Alan M. Levine -- Emerson's politics, retranscendentalized / Daniel S. Malachuk -- Emerson's transcendental gaze and the "disagreeable particulars" of slavery: vision and the costs of idealism / Shannon L. Mariotti -- Part IV. Emerson and liberal democracy -- Property in being: liberalism and the language of ownership in Emerson's writing / Neal Dolan -- Standing for others: reform and representation in Emerson's political thought / Jason Frank -- Emerson's democratic platonism in representative men / G. Borden Flanagan
Summary From before the Civil War until his death in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson was renowned-and renounced-as one of the United States' most prominent abolitionists and as a leading visionary of the nation's liberal democratic future. Following his death, however, both Emerson's political activism and his political thought faded from public memory, replaced by the myth of the genteel man of letters and the detached sage of individualism. In the 1990s, scholars rediscovered Emerson's antislavery writings and began reviving his legacy as a political activist. A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-461) and index
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Subject Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 -- Political and social views.
Democracy in literature.
Democracy -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Levine, Alan, 1961-
Malachuk, Daniel S.
ISBN 0813134323 electronic bk
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