Emersonian Moral Perfectionism

Naoko Saito

in The Gleam of Light

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780823224623
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235728 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Emersonian Moral Perfectionism

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This chapter explores Emersonian Moral Perfectionism (EMP). It examines Cavell's interpretation of EMP and discusses Dewey's text in which he echoes the Emersonian voice. It shows that the preoccupations that run through Cavell's discussion of EMP are, in fact, very close to Dewey's central concerns with democracy, education, and growth. The chapter concludes that EMP can constitute an alternative framework to reevaluate Dewey beyond Hegel and Darwin.

Keywords: Emersonian Moral Perfectionism; Cavell; Dewey; Hegel; Darwin; democracy; education; growth; preoccupations

Chapter.  6515 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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