The Other Emerson

9780816667475: Hardback
Release Date: 5th November 2010

9780816667482: Paperback
Release Date: 5th November 2010

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 360

University of Minnesota Press

The Other Emerson

Edited by
Branka Arsic
and
Cary Wolfe
,
Afterword by
Stanley Cavell
,
Contributions by
Russell B. Goodman
Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-indeed, this collection argues, in the history of philosophy. The Other Emerson is a thorough reassessment of the philosophical underpinnings, theoretical innovations, and ethical and political implications of the prose writings of one of America's most enduring thinkers.Considering Emerson first and foremost as a daring and original thinker, The Other Emerson focuses on three Emersonian subjects-subjectivity, the political, and the nature of philosophy-and range in topic from Emerson's relationships to slavery and mourning to his place in the development of Romanticism as reread by contemporary systems theory. It is Emerson's appreciation of truth's instability that link him to the European philosophical tradition.Contributors: Eduardo Cadava, Princeton U; Sharon Cameron, Johns Hopkins U; Russell B. Goodman, U of New Mexico; Paul Grimstad, Yale U; Eric Keenaghan, U at Albany, SUNY; Gregg Lambert, Syracuse U; Sandra Laugier, Université de Picardie Jules Verne; Donald Pease, Dartmouth College.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the most significant figures in nineteenth-century American literature and culture-indeed, this collection argues, in the history of philosophy. The Other Emerson is a thorough reassessment of the philosophical underpinnings, theoretical innovations, and ethical and political implications of the prose writings of one of America's most enduring thinkers.Considering Emerson first and foremost as a daring and original thinker, The Other Emerson focuses on three Emersonian subjects-subjectivity, the political, and the nature of philosophy-and range in topic from Emerson's relationships to slavery and mourning to his place in the development of Romanticism as reread by contemporary systems theory. It is Emerson's appreciation of truth's instability that link him to the European philosophical tradition.Contributors: Eduardo Cadava, Princeton U; Sharon Cameron, Johns Hopkins U; Russell B. Goodman, U of New Mexico; Paul Grimstad, Yale U; Eric Keenaghan, U at Albany, SUNY; Gregg Lambert, Syracuse U; Sandra Laugier, Université de Picardie Jules Verne; Donald Pease, Dartmouth College.

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Branka Arsi and Cary Wolfe
I. Rethinking Subjectivity
1. The Way of Life by Abandonment: Emerson's Impersonal
Sharon Cameron
2. Paths of Coherence through Emerson's Philosophy: The Case of "Nominalist and Realist"
Russell B. Goodman
3. Brain Walks: Emerson on Thinking
Branka Arsi
II. Rethinking the Political
4. The Guano of History
Eduardo Cadava
5. "Experience," Anti-Slavery, and the Crisis of Emersonianism
Donald E. Pease
6. Reading Emerson, In Other Times: On a Politics of Solitude and an Ethics of Risk
Eric Keenaghan
7. Emerson, Skepticism, and Politics
Sandra Laugier
III. Rethinking Philosophy
8. Emerson, or Man Thinking
Gregg Lambert
9. Emerson's Adjacencies: Radical Empiricism in Nature
Paul Grimstad
10. "The Eye is the First Circle": Emerson's "Romanticism," Cavell's Skepticism, Luhmann's Modernity
Cary Wolfe
Afterword
Stanley Cavell
Contributors
Index

Branka Arsic is associate professor of American literature at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University.
Stanley Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University.