Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

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Stanford University Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 277 pages
This book is Stanley Cavell s definitive expression on Emerson. Over the past thirty years, Cavell has demonstrated that he is the most emphatic and provocative philosophical critic of Emerson that America has yet known. The sustained effort of that labor is drawn together here for the first time into a single volume, which also contains two previously unpublished essays and an introduction by Cavell that reflects on this book and the history of its emergence.

Students and scholars working in philosophy, literature, American studies, history, film studies, and political theory can now more easily access Cavell s luminous and enduring work on Emerson. Such engagement should be further complemented by extensive indices and annotations. If we are still in doubt whether America has expressed itself philosophically, there is perhaps no better space for inquiry than reading Cavell reading Emerson.

 

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Contents

Thinking of Emerson
10
An Emerson Mood
20
The Philosopher in American Life
33
Emerson Coleridge Kant Terms as Conditions
59
Being Odd Getting Even Descartes Emerson Poe
83
Taking Steps
110
in Heidegger and Nietzsche
141
Hope against Hope
171
Reading Fate
192
Whats the Use of Calling Emerson a Pragmatist?
215
Old and New in Emerson and Nietzsche
224
Henry James Reading Emerson Reading Shakespeare
234
Notes
251
Works Cited
261
Books by Stanley Cavell
269
Copyright

What Is the Emersonian Event?
183

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Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. " The Claim of Reason" (1979/1999), "The World Viewed" (1971/1979), and "The Senses of Walden" (1972/1981) are among his many celebrated works. David Justin Hodge, author of "On Emerson" (2002), teaches philosophy and rhetoric at Harvard University.

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