From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authorityby Roger Lundin
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 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.
Table of Contents
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
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