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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-indeed, this collection argues, in the history of philosophy. The Other Emerson is a thorough reassessment of the philosophical underpinnings, theoretical innovations, and ethical and political implications of the prose writings of one of America's most enduring thinkers.
Considering Emerson first and foremost as a daring and original thinker, The Other Emerson focuses on three Emersonian subjects-subjectivity, the political, and the nature of philosophy-and range in topic from Emerson's relationships to slavery and mourning to his place in the development of Romanticism as reread by contemporary systems theory. It is Emerson's appreciation of truth's instability that link him to the European philosophical tradition.
Contributors: Eduardo Cadava, Princeton U; Sharon Cameron, Johns Hopkins U; Russell B. Goodman, U of New Mexico; Paul Grimstad, Yale U; Eric Keenaghan, U at Albany, SUNY; Gregg Lambert, Syracuse U; Sandra Laugier, Université de Picardie Jules Verne; Donald Pease, Dartmouth College.
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Branka Arsi and Cary Wolfe I. Rethinking Subjectivity
1. The Way of Life by Abandonment: Emerson's Impersonal Sharon Cameron
2. Paths of Coherence through Emerson's Philosophy: The Case of "Nominalist and Realist"
Russell B. Goodman
3. Brain Walks: Emerson on Thinking Branka Arsi II. Rethinking the Political
4. The Guano of History Eduardo Cadava
5. "Experience," Anti-Slavery, and the Crisis of Emersonianism Donald E. Pease
6. Reading Emerson, In Other Times: On a Politics of Solitude and an Ethics of Risk Eric Keenaghan
7. Emerson, Skepticism, and Politics Sandra Laugier III. Rethinking Philosophy
8. Emerson, or Man Thinking
9. Emerson's Adjacencies: Radical Empiricism in Nature
10. "The Eye is the First Circle": Emerson's "Romanticism," Cavell's Skepticism, Luhmann's Modernity Cary Wolfe Afterword Stanley Cavell Contributors Index