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  Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature (1836)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Therefore is nature ever the ally of Religion: lends all her pomp and riches to the religious sentiment.
His relation to nature, his power over it, is through the understanding; as by manure; the economic use of fire, wind, water, and the mariner's needle; steam, coal, chemical agriculture; the repairs of the human body by the dentist and the surgeon.
The immobility or bruteness of nature, is the absence of spirit; to pure spirit, it is fluid, it is volatile, it is obedient.
www.rwe.org /works/Nature__complete.htm   (12743 words)

 Emerson: Course Summary 4   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Emerson speaks of 7 facets of the relationship between humans and nature: commodity, beauty, language, discipline, idealism, spirit and prospects.
Dave said civilization felt alien to Emerson's understanding of nature, and Janice felt he was dismissing the city as a valid form of consciousness.
Emerson's creation is rooted not in revelation (as his Puritan past would have), but in observation and personal experience.
www.watershedonline.ca /literature/Emerson/Emersonsummary4.html   (1295 words)

 Ralph Waldo Emerson [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Emerson is often characterized as an idealist philosopher and indeed used the term himself of his philosophy, explaining it simply as a recognition that plan always precedes action.
Emerson expresses a similar idea in his claim that spirit puts forth nature through us, exemplary of which is the famous "transparent eye-ball" passage, in which he writes that on a particular evening, while “crossing a bare common.
Emerson wove this explicit theme of self-trust throughout his work, writing in "Heroism" (1841), “Self-trust is the essence of heroism.” The apostle of self-reliance perceived that the impulses that move us may not be benign, that advocacy of self-trust carried certain social risks.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/e/emerson.htm   (3936 words)

 Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
There are all degrees of natural influence, from these quarantine powers of nature, up to her dearest and gravest ministrations to the imagination and the soul.
Because the history of nature is charactered in his brain, therefore is he the prophet and discoverer of her secrets.
Nature is the incarnation of a thought, and turns to a thought again, as ice becomes water and gas.
www.rwe.org /works/Essays-2nd_Series_6_Nature.htm   (5010 words)

 Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography
But the reader-centered nature of Emerson's critical stance was important to such thinkers and writers as Friedrich Nietzsche, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf and is now of interest again to postformalist and poststructuralist critics who are newly concerned with the reader's relation to the text.
Emerson's father, William Emerson, the Unitarian minister at Boston's First Church from 1799 until his death in 1811, was an active, popular preacher and a staunch Federalist of very limited means but descended from a long line of Concord, Massachusetts, ministers.
Emerson calls Plato's work the bible of educated people, claiming that it is "impossible to think, on certain levels, except through him." Swedenborg saw, and stands for, the interconnectedness of human beings and nature.
people.brandeis.edu /~teuber/emersonbio.html   (8763 words)

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Creature of the earth, doomed by its nature to crawl at the feet of men, the worm strives and mounts the spires of its own sinuous trail but seems never to reach the manly state it seeks-a point Emerson leaves, like much of his essay, to the reader's interpretation.
Nature is at its heart a revelation of the “whatness” of human nature, prompted by awareness of man's natural-material-composition.
Emerson's own fear of death, therefore, expressed in the futility of illusion that he endows nature with, is also a fear that America might never move past illusion to real thought; his desire to do something useful with his own life merged with his desire to see America be productive.
www.people.fas.harvard.edu /~hiltner/TheWorldlyEarth/id28.htm   (1645 words)

 Notes for Nature, Chapter III: Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In this passage, Emerson alludes to the spherical aberration of the eyeball.
Emerson reduces "Beauty" to the three ways that it is perceived as "perception," "spiritual," and "itellect." In a similar manner, John Locke describes "experience" in terms of "sensation" and "reflection" in his "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding." Perception/sensation is the sensory observation of physical characteristics of stimuli.
Emerson speaks of "the night" implying that darkness, also seen as one of nature's many forms of beauty, shall be his source of mystic philosophy (idealism) and dreams.In positing these two philosophies, Emerson's primary emphasis is to articulate the perception of nature.
www.nyu.edu /classes/amlit/beauty_notes.htm   (14195 words)

 Ralph Waldo Emerson | American Author, Poet and Philosopher
In 1836 Emerson expressed Transcendentalism's main principle of the "mystical unity of nature" in his essay, "Nature".
Emerson urged independent thinking and stressesd that not all life's answers are found in books.
In his "The American Scholar" address to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge in 1837 Emerson states that: "Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst." He believed that a scholar learns best by engaging life.
www.lucidcafe.com /library/96may/emerson.html   (494 words)

 CliffsNotes::Emerson's Essays:Book Summary and Study Guide
To explain how words represent natural objects, Emerson uses etymology—the origin and development of words—to illustrate that abstract terms are derived from words for physical things.
Emerson naively assumes that these correspondences are universal and understood by all human beings.
However, we cannot consider nature as something totally outside ourselves because “the whole of nature,” Emerson states, “is a metaphor of the human mind,” established so that we might have control over our lives.
www.cliffsnotes.com /WileyCDA/LitNote/id-95,pageNum-8.html   (444 words)

 Reading Emerson's Nature
Nature is the most difficult text we've read so far this term, so don't be fooled by its relative brevity.
When Emerson resumed writing, he did so with new and different ideas, some of which he developed in response to his loss (Packer 52).
I suggest that you pay particular attention to Emerson's use of the terms "nature" and "spirit," especially as each is related to the self.
www.columbia.edu /~lmg21/BC3180/3180sp98/3180no98/natureno.html   (390 words)

 PAL: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
The major thesis of the essay, in Emerson's words, is that we should now "enjoy an original relation to the universe," and not become dependent on past experiences of others and on holy books, creeds and dogma.
Emerson prods the students to become more confident in their abilities and to take pride in native Americanism: "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe.
… For nature is as truly beautiful as it is good, or as it is reasonable, and must as much appear, as it must be done, or be known.
www.csustan.edu /english/reuben/pal/chap4/emerson.html   (1947 words)

 Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A subtle chain of countless rings The next unto the farthest brings; The eye reads omens where it goes, And speaks all languages the rose; And, striving to be man, the worm Mounts through all the spires of form.
But this origin of all words that convey a spiritual import, -- so conspicuous a fact in the history of language, -- is our least debt to nature.
This doctrine is abstruse, and though the images of "garment," "scoriae," "mirror," &c., may stimulate the fancy, we must summon the aid of subtler and more vital expositors to make it plain.
oregonstate.edu /instruct/phl302/texts/emerson/nature-emerson-a.html   (5677 words)

 Amazon.com: Nature and Walking (The Concord Library): Books: Ralph Waldo Emerson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This volume cleverly combines Emerson's Nature with Thoreau's Walking in a single, affordable paperback.
Together in one volume, Emerson's Nature and Thoreau's Walking, is writing that defines our distinctly American relationship to nature.
The spirituality of Emerson's "Nature" is a perfect compliment to the deep philosophical naturalism of Thoreau's work.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0807014192?v=glance   (632 words)

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