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 (ĕm′ər-sən), Ralph Waldo 1803-1882.
American writer, philosopher, and central figure of transcendentalism. His poems, orations, and especially his essays, such as Nature (1836), are regarded as landmarks in the development of American thought and literary expression.

Em′er·so′ni·an (-sō′nē-ən) adj.


(Biography) Ralph Waldo. (rælf ˈwɔːldəʊ). 1803–82, US poet, essayist, and transcendentalist


(ˈɛm ər sən)

Ralph Waldo, 1803–82, U.S. essayist and poet.
Em`er•so′ni•an (-ˈsoʊ ni ən) adj.
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In the first part of the paper, I examine Stanley Cavell's suggestion, put forward in his Carus Lectures of 1988, that Beckett's play can be read as a work that embodies and develops the idea of Emersonian moral perfectionism.
Our most Emersonian contemporary poet, Mary Oliver, in her wonderful essay, "Emerson: An Introduction," reminds us that this preacher and philosopher thought and wrote like a poet.
Nesbit would deny it, as did Cornel West in his classic The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989), in which he stressed Dewey's reconciliation of the "voluntaristic, amelioristic, and activistic" Emersonian tradition with the historical consciousness cultivated in nineteenth-century Europe.
There are discussions of law in the plays of Shakespeare, of the concept of law in Geoffrey of Monmouth's influential History of the Kings of Britain, of Emersonian individualism, of the literary criticism of Henry Hazlitt (best known to libertarians as a writer on economics), of imperial law in E.
I will attempt to show how the Emersonian first American Renaissance and the Nashville Agrarian Southern Renaissance, though emerging from very different regions and societal milieus in the United States, sprouted from and were nourished by a common soil of cultural, religious, historical and philosophical conditions and propensities.
The music seemed to implode into the compositional voice of a monolithic persona, a rugged original who would later declare, "I just can't bring myself to do something that someone else has done before," a distinctly American figure of Emersonian self-reliance whose nom de plume was Elliott Carter.
A little later she clarifies that Dickinson "makes the Puritan God-man rather than the Emersonian man-God a stronger basis for her poetic imitatio" (30).
That exaltation of the autonomous self--whether in the bedroom or the shopping mall--had deep roots in the nation's Emersonian and radical Protestant traditions, and now, in the new environment created by America's postwar global dominance, it grew to full bloom.
McMillin, "The Discipline of Abandonment: Emersonian Properties of Transdisciplinarity & the Nature of Method," which takes a broad view of interdisciplinarity and the relation between the sciences and the humanities, with special attention to ecology, which springs from the author's previous study of rivers and his present study of the Los Angeles River.
Levine and Malachuk structure their collection around a historical division between four "Classics on Emerson's Politics" that treat public life as an implicit rather than explicit topic of Emerson's work, and nine original essays that make the case for seeing Emersonian self-reliance as intentionally political.
Having begun on an Emersonian note, it's tempting to end on one.
Just as the New Americanists gained an audience by subverting the Emersonian orthodoxy, Voelz is sure to secure a readership by challenging the most influential of Emerson's current critics.