The Emerson Series

I use this blog for those ideas of mine that spill out over the notebooks I keep for myself (which consist mainly of small, misshapen monsters), but which do not fit into my properly academic work (nor would I want them to). As a general rule they encompass any number of topics—whatever happens to be making a temporary stop in my mind. But there is one larger project that, though not planned as such, has become in my eyes the centerpiece of what I am doing here: my slow progression through Emerson’s Essays & Lectures (Library of America). (Later I anticipate extending this to his journals.) This page is thus devoted to keeping track of my series of posts on Emerson, keeping them readily accessible.


Life as Emotion: Three Models (April 25, 2013)
Ineffable Virtue, Gift-Giving Virtue (May 03, 2013)
Science and Art on Human Freedom (June 21, 2013)
Emersonian Reading and Academic Reading (July 10, 2013)
Emerson as Bricoleur (August 23, 2013)
Staten, Nietzsche, Emerson (August 24, 2013)
Skepticism at the Margins III: Bartleby, the Scrivener (September 25, 2013)
Emerson in Conversation with Herder I: Scholars and the Invention of Language (October 15, 2013)
A schematic solution to the problem of literary style in philosophy (May 02, 2014)
A reader’s anti-Kantianism (July 02, 2014)

Nature; Addresses, and Lectures

NatureEmerson’s Transparent Eye-ball: 10 Movements (July 05, 2013)
“The American Scholar”: Creativity and Conditioning in Emerson’s “The American Scholar” (July 08, 2013)
“The Divinity School Address”: Talis ac tanta depravatio hujus seculi, O quirites (July 10, 2013)
“Literary Ethics”: Realism and Idealism as Medicine (July 17, 2013)
“The Method of Nature”: Three Reversals in Emerson’s “The Method of Nature” (August 02, 2013)
“Man the Reformer”: Skepticism at the Margins II (August 25, 2013)
“Lecture on the Times”: Emerson and Care of the Self (September 01, 2013)
“The Conservative”: Emerson on an Ancient Antagonism (September 01, 2013)
“The Transcendentalist”: Doubt and Climate (September 07, 2013)
“The Young American”: Dying at the right time (October 19, 2013)

Essays: First Series

“History”: Scientific and Analogical History (November 09, 2013)
“Self-Reliance”: The Philosophy of Experiment (November 26, 2013)
“Compensation”: There’s no god dare wrong a worm (November 30, 2013)
“Spiritual Laws”: Self-knowledge and selective genius (December 8, 2013), Intent and Experiment (December 8, 2013)
“Love”: Melancholy details (December 21, 2013)
“Friendship”: Cobwebs and solitude (December 22, 2013), Proof of Emersonian Concept (March 11, 2014)
“Prudence”: Poetry and Prudence I (December 29, 2013)
“Heroism”: Poetry and Prudence II (January 01, 2014)
“The Over-Soul”: On the value of poetic philosophy (January 02, 2014)
“Circles”: Poetry and Prudence III (January 12, 2014)
“Intellect”: Emerson’s Long Logic (January 20, 2014)
“Art”: Art as goad and as pleasure (January 25, 2014)

Essays: Second Series

“The Poet”: Celebrating thought? or sweetening it? (February 23, 2014)
“Experience”: Skepticism at the margins VII: Creativity as an error (March 01, 2014)
“Character”: Democracy, Representativeness, and Conversation (March 08, 2014)
“Manners”: Long Distance Communication (March 09, 2014)
“Gifts”: Gifts and Morality (March 23, 2014)
“Nature”: Fools of Nature (April 06, 2014)
“Politics”: Circumstance and principle (April 16, 2014)
“Nominalism and Realism”: Philosophical moods (April 17, 2014), Conversation and mood (April 17, 2014)
“New England Reformers”: Three reflections on Emerson (April 19, 2014)

Representative Men

“Uses of Great Men”: Two poles of genius (May 06, 2014), Is Emerson safe to handle? (May 07, 2014)
“Plato; or, the Philosopher”: Two poles of genius revisited (May 09, 2014)
“Swedenborg; or, the Mystic”: Defense against symbols (May 28, 2014)
“Montaigne; or, the Skeptic”: A moody distinction (May 28, 2014)
“Shakspeare; or, the Poet”: Transient sympathies (June 06, 2014)
“Napoleon; or, the Man of the World”: Skepsis, sepsis, and epanalepsis (June 08, 2014)
“Goethe; or, the Writer”: Disappointment (June 12, 2014)

English Traits
First reading: Emerson on Fate (June 20, 2014)

The Conduct of Life
“Fate”: On Emerson’s use of dualisms (July 13, 2014)
“Power”: Power, not expression (July 15, 2014); Intersection (July 18, 2014)
“Wealth”: Pride over vanity (July 25, 2014)
“Culture”: Egotism and Individuality (July 26, 2014)
“Behavior”: Self-reliance, aesthetically considered (July 27, 2014)
“Worship”: A selection (August 3, 2014)
“Considerations by the Way”: Why did Emerson admire Nietzsche (August 8, 2014)
“Beauty”: Narcissism and partiality (August 14, 2014)
“Illusions”: Self-reliance and self-content (August 15, 2014)

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