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How do I live a good life, one that is deeply personal and sensitive to others? John T. Lysaker suggests that those who take this question seriously need to reexamine the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. In philosophical reflections on topics such as genius, divinity, friendship, and reform, Lysaker explores "self-culture" or the attempt to remain true to one's deepest commitments. He argues that being true to ourselves requires recognition of our thoroughly dependent and relational nature. Lysaker guides readers from simple self-absorption toward a more fulfilling and responsive engagement with the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. ONE Taking Emerson Personally
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. TWO The Genius of Nature
  2. pp. 26-51
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  1. THREE Reflecting Eloquence
  2. pp. 52-80
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  1. FOUR Divining Becoming
  2. pp. 81-118
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  1. FIVE On the Edges of Our Souls
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. SIX Commended Strangers, Beautiful Enemies
  2. pp. 141-167
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  1. SEVEN Tending to Reform
  2. pp. 168-194
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-212
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-226
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253000224
Related ISBN
9780253351074
MARC Record
OCLC
248542574
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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