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From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority
     

From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority

by Roger Lundin
 

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ISBN-10: 0742521745

ISBN-13: 9780742521742

Pub. Date: 01/26/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In this remarkable work, Roger Lundin seeks the source of American moral and cultural authority in the shift from nature to experience figured in the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the pragmatic tradition concludes that experience must generate the very light that will lead us out of its own darkness, From Nature to Experience returns to religion for

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In this remarkable work, Roger Lundin seeks the source of American moral and cultural authority in the shift from nature to experience figured in the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the pragmatic tradition concludes that experience must generate the very light that will lead us out of its own darkness, From Nature to Experience returns to religion for illumination and truth. This is a story of nineteenth-century sources and twenty-first century consequences in which literature, history, philosophy, and theology are joined in order to form a truly original critique of American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742521742
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/26/2006
Series:
American Intellectual Culture Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Preferences of Eden
Chapter 2: Delivered to the Dream: Emerson and the Pathways of Pragmatism
Chapter 3: Reading the Blooming Confusion: William James and the Theology of Experience
Chapter 4: Diminished Things: Literature and the Disenchantment of the World
Chapter 5: Divining Lives
Chapter 6: Intentional Ironies
Chapter 7: The Truth Beyond Method: Fiction at the Limits of Experience
Conclusion

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