Ralph Waldo Emerson

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[Revised entry by Russell Goodman on October 21, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
An American essayist, poet, and popular philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 82) began his career as a Unitarian minister in Boston, but achieved worldwide fame as a lecturer and the author of such essays as “Self-Reliance,” “History,” “The Over-Soul,” and “Fate.” Drawing on English and German Romanticism, Neoplatonism, Kantianism, and Hinduism, Emerson developed a metaphysics of process, an epistemology of moods, and an “existentialist” ethics of…

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