Looks at the problem of selfhood in Emerson's essay and relates that to relevance today, especially in religious belief in our increasingly-secular age.
A short essay, some selections from the essay, and some excellent questions for thinking about Emerson's ideas.
A short introduction to American culture about 1841, looking at Emerson's essay and its relationship to ideas of democracy, culture and the masses.
A Unitarian Universalist minister muses about the position of Emerson in that faith today, where he's often considered a "prophet of religious liberalism." - about the book and its author
- by Bryan Caplan - Kristen Rosenfeld - Piper S.
In 1979, Harold J. Wells named The Thoreau Center in honor of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). In his many books and essays, Thoreau emphasized a back-to-nature, self-sufficient lifestyle, encouraging civil disobedience of unjust laws, antislavery, and being true to your own inner principles. Here at the Thoreau Center, we are custodians of those ideals.
In the words of Thoreau, “After the first blush of sin comes its indifference; and from immoral it becomes [simply] unmoral, and not quite unnecessary to that life which we have made" (Paragraph 14, line 20)....