The Other Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-and 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 ...

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Overview

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-and 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 ranges 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 links him to the European philosophical tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816667482
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 12/4/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Branka Arsic is associate professor of American literature at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University.
Stanley Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Branka Arsic Cary Wolfe ix

I Rethinking Subjectivity

1 The Way of Life by Abandonment: Emerson's Impersonal Sharon Cameron 3

2 Paths of Coherence through Emerson's Philosophy: The Case of "Nominalist and Realist" Russell B. Goodman 41

3 Brain Walks: Emerson on Thinking Branka Arsic 59

II Rethinking The Political

4 The Guano of History Eduardo Cadava 101

5 "Experience," Antislavery, and the Crisis of Emersonianism Donald E. Pease 131

6 Reading Emerson, in Other Times: On a Politics of Solitude and an Ethics of Risk Eric Keenaghan 167

7 Emerson, Skepticism, and Politics Sandra Laugier 201

III Rethinking Philosophy

8 Emerson, or Man Thinking Gregg Lambert 229

9 Emerson's Adjacencies: Radical Empiricism in Nature Paul Grimstad 251

10 "The Eye Is the First Circle": Emerson's "Romanticism," Cavell's Skepticism, Luhmann's Modernity Cary Wolfe 271

Afterword Stanley Cavell 301

Contributors 307

Index 311

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