Emerson And Self-culture: A History Of Heads Lost And Heads Found

Paperback | March 10, 2008

byJohn T. Lysaker

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How do I live a good life, one that is deeply personal and sensitive to others? John T. Lysaker suggests that those who take this question seriously need to reexamine the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. In philosophical reflections on topics such as genius, divinity, friendship, and reform, Lysaker explores "self-culture" or the attempt to remain true to one's deepest commitments. He argues that being true to ourselves requires recognition of our thoroughly dependent and relational nature. Lysaker guides readers from simple self-absorption toward a more fulfilling and responsive engagement with the world.

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How do I live a good life, one that is deeply personal and sensitive to others? John T. Lysaker suggests that those who take this question seriously need to reexamine the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. In philosophical reflections on topics such as genius, divinity, friendship, and reform, Lysaker explores "self-culture" or the attempt t...

John T. Lysaker is Associate Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon. He is author of You Must Change Your Life: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Birth of Sense.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.71 inPublished:March 10, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025321971X

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

1. Taking Emerson Personally
2. The Genius of Nature
3. Reflecting Eloquence
4. Divining Becoming
5. On the Edges of Our Souls
6. Commended Strangers, Beautiful Enemies
7. Tending to Reform
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A detailed propagation of Emersonianism, lively and sometimes personal in its prose, satisfying in its open, un-ironic commitment to a great precursor, and praiseworthy in its address to a topic that extends far beyond academic matters." -Mark Bauerlein, Emory University