Emerson and Universal Mind


Geldard attends in depth to Emerson’s late (Harvard) “University Lectures” to fill significant gaps in our understanding of how Emerson saw laws of mind operating in us, and present Transcendentalism as an important contribution to American philosophy.
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Geldard attends in depth to Emerson’s late (Harvard) “University Lectures” to fill significant gaps in our understanding of how Emerson saw laws of mind operating in us, and present Transcendentalism as an important contribution to American philosophy.
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Geldard (philosophy, Univ. of Philosophical Research) illuminates Ralph Waldo Emerson's thought through an analysis of "The Natural History of the Intellect," a series of six lectures Emerson (Nature; Addresses and Lectures) delivered at Harvard University in 1871. Few have devoted much attention to these talks because many critics think that by the time he gave them, Emerson was already in mental decline; in any case, the full text of these lectures is not available. Geldard ably argues that the talks offer a significant perspective on Emerson's fundamental line of thought. Emerson divided philosophies into two parties: materialists, who start from experience, and idealists, who begin with consciousness. Emerson was decidedly in the latter camp. For him, "consciousness" did not refer to the private musings of individuals. Rather, he maintained that all humans were joined in a Universal Mind, from which the whole of nature proceeds. The author writes not as a detached scholar but as a firm partisan of Emerson's idealist thought, which he holds is supported by modern science. VERDICT Geldard's combination of enthusiasm and insight makes this book an ideal entry point into Emerson's philosophy. Readers interested in 19th-century American thought will find it valuable.—David Gordon, Bowling Green State Univ., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936012640
  • Publisher: Larson Publications NY
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,464,115
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard G. Geldard is one of the founders of www.rwe.org, the major Emerson Internet presence, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley (Kerhonkson, NY). Currently on the faculty of the Philosophic Research Society, he has authored ten books, including The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essential Transcendentalists, God in Concord and Emerson and the Dream of America.
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