The essay aSelf-Reliancea occupies a central place not only in Ralph Waldo Emersonas collection aEssays, First Seriesa, but in all of his writings and his thinking. On account of that it is often the first (or only) work by Emerson which many readers encounter. Having published aNaturea before, he himself described it as aan entering wedge (...) for something more worthy and significanta (cf. Porte, p.106). With his aEssays, First Seriesa then, Ralph Waldo Emerson once and for all established himself as a writer. Moreover, he found his most important subjects and style of writing as well as putting down his basic philosophical assumptions (cf. Van Leer, p.100 f). Even without prior knowledge of most of Emersonas other writings, Self-Reliance might offer a key to his thinking in general. The concept of the Self that Emerson outlines in this essay seems to be the pivot around which his view of Man revolves. Therefore, I would like to investigate this concept and its underlying attitude towards intuition and reason as far as it becomes apparent in Self-Reliance.The essay aSelf-Reliancea occupies a central place not only in Ralph Waldo Emersonas collection aEssays, First Seriesa, but in all of his writings and his thinking.
|Title||:||The Implications of Intuition and Reason for the Concept of the Self in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay “Self-Reliance”|
|Publisher||:||GRIN Verlag - 2012-02-14|