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Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought

Douglas R. Anderson

in Philosophy Americana

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225507
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235506 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0013

Series: American Philosophy

Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought

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This chapter examines the essay “First and Second Series and Representative Men” to suggest the ways in which philosophical reconstruction occurred. Emerson drew on the tradition of Platonism and on the ideas of his fellow Transcendentalists to reconstruct philosophical practise. In part, the revision has to do with how philosophy is actually defined. But it also has to do with how one goes about defining.

Keywords: American thought; First and Second Series and Representative Men; Platonism; Transcendentalists; philosophy

Chapter.  6336 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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