Representative Men

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Large Format for easy reading. Written by one of America's most influential thinkers and writers. Begun as a series of lectures, it is an appreciation of the genius of six of the worlds great men.
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Overview

Large Format for easy reading. Written by one of America's most influential thinkers and writers. Begun as a series of lectures, it is an appreciation of the genius of six of the worlds great men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781406500462
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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Andrew Delbanco is the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
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"Emerson is a writer who grows restless if he stays too long with any proposition. And so, as one of his most intelligent modern readers, Judith Shklar, has pointed out, he built Representative Men around the principle of 'rotation,' which had become a political axiom in Jacksonian America—the idea that no man, no matter how imposing, should be accorded permanent authority. Representative Men honors the language of democracy in its very title, and it employs political metaphors throughout. 'We are multiplied,' the opening chapter declares, 'by our proxies.' "

—From the Introduction by Andrew Delbanco
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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Uses of Great Men 1
II Plato, or the Philosopher 21
Plato: New Readings 45
III Swedenborg, or the Mystic 51
IV Montaigne, or the Skeptic 83
V Shakspeare, or the Poet 107
VI Napoleon, or the Man of the World 127
VII Goethe, or the Writer 149
Index 167
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Preface

"Emerson is a writer who grows restless if he stays too long with any proposition. And so, as one of his most intelligent modern readers, Judith Shklar, has pointed out, he built Representative Men around the principle of 'rotation,' which had become a political axiom in Jacksonian America—the idea that no man, no matter how imposing, should be accorded permanent authority. Representative Men honors the language of democracy in its very title, and it employs political metaphors throughout. 'We are multiplied,' the opening chapter declares, 'by our proxies.' "

—From the Introduction by Andrew Delbanco

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