Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that an appreciation of its vast natural resources would become the foundation of American culture. His assertion that human thought and actions proceed from nature, was a radical departure from the traditional European emphasis on domesticating nature to suit human needs. His philosophy is rich in common natural scenes of daily life, and expresses the inherent harmony between man and nature. This collection brings together 15 of Emerson's most significant essays, including qNatureq, qThe American Scholarq, qSelf-relianceq and qThe Transcendentalistq, as well as his assessments of Montaigne, Napoleon and Thoreau.What is popularly called Transcendentalism among us, is Idealism; Idealism as it appears in 1842. As thinkers, mankind have ever divided into two sects, Materialists and Idealists; the first class founding on experience, the second onanbsp;...
|Title||:||Emerson: Selected Essays|
|Author||:||Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 1982-04-29|