Emerson and Self-Reliance

Emerson and Self-Reliance

by George Kateb
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803938667

ISBN-13: 9780803938663

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great moral philosopher. One of his principle contributions is the theory of self-reliance, a view of democratic individuality. During much of his life, Emerson was considered a radical thinker, and his opposition to established religious opinion was scandalous. Emerson's deep commitment to individualism was at the root of his critique,

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was a great moral philosopher. One of his principle contributions is the theory of self-reliance, a view of democratic individuality. During much of his life, Emerson was considered a radical thinker, and his opposition to established religious opinion was scandalous. Emerson's deep commitment to individualism was at the root of his critique, and his articulation of individualism was constant, whether aimed against the group mind or against institutional constrictions. 'Nietzsche was Emerson's best reader,' and George Kateb provides an accessible reading of Emerson that is friendly to the interests of Nietzsche and to later Nietzscheans such as Weber, Heidegger, Arendt, and Foucault.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803938663
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Modernity and Political Thought Series, #8
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introductionix
Preface to the New Editionxxv
Acknowledgmentsxxxvii
Key to Citationsxxxix
Prefacexli
1.Self-Reliance and the Life of the Mind1
2.Redeeming the Frustrations of Experience37
3.The Question of Religiousness61
4.Friendship and Love96
5.Individuality and Identity134
6.Self-Reliance, Politics, and Society173
Conclusion197
Bibliography203
Index206
About the Author221

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