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Self-Reliance and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, October 13, 1993
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Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self-reliance, self-culture, and individual expression. The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series (1841) and Essays, Second Series (1844), offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealism as well as a hint of the later skepticism that colored his thought. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet," and "Experience," plus the well-known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.
About the Author
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century. Although he began his career as a Unitarian minister, he gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism instead. Seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, he disseminated his thoughts through published essays and public lectures across the United States. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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In this day and age.Timeless work of Literature.
Emerson and Thoreau our country's Answer to Ancient Greek Philosophers.
We, or at least I, tend to worship wisdom from the latest guru. Perhaps it's Seth Godin, or Tom Peters, or .... Maybe it is the world of digital instantness that put more faith in what was just said than what was said a hundred years ago. "How can their world be relevant to ours?", we often think. Ha! I give to you some highlights I made in my Kindle edition:
* There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at he conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
* If we live truly, we shall see truly.
* Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
* It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men.
These were just a few of Emerson's pearls. And the few that worked from my oyster. Pick up the book and find your own.
The answer comes in two responses. First, his thoughts resonate and are as important today as in the time he wrote. He challenges the reader to think for himself. Start at a random page and read the next four or five pages, and you will have your money's worth out of the book!
Secondly, the quotes and comments from modern both supplement the text and help the reader understand the importance of Emerson's thoughts.
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