Emerson and the Conduct of Life: Pragmatism and Ethical Purpose in the Later Work

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 12, 2009 - Literary Collections - 248 pages
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Robinson discusses each of Emerson's major later works noting their increasing orientation to a philosophy of the 'conduct of life'. These books represent Emerson's attempt to forge a philosophy based on the centrality of domestic life, vocation and social relations and they reveal Emerson as an ethical philosopher who stressed the spiritual value of human relations, work and social action.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Mystic and the Selfmade Saint
8
2 Politics and Ecstasy
30
3 The Text of Experience
54
Essays Second Series
71
Representative Men
89
English Traits
112
The Conduct of Life
134
Society and Solitude
159
9 Toward a Grammar of the Moral Life
181
Notes
202
Works Cited
220
Index
227
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