Harvard University Press, 2003-05-25 - 416 psl.
"An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man," Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote--and in this book, the leading scholar of New England literary culture looks at the long shadow Emerson himself has cast, and at his role and significance as a truly American institution. On the occasion of Emerson's 200th birthday, Lawrence Buell revisits the life of the nation's first public intellectual and discovers how he became a "representative man."
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... religious thought , expression , performance . His clerical iden- tity shadowed him lifelong . The same holds for Transcendental- ism generally . The last noteworthy retrospect by a member ... religious commitment of a RELIGIOUS RADICALISMS.
... religious thinker : his privatization of the religious as such . Herein also lies James's own claim to standing as a philosopher of religion : his argument that the key to religion was not creed , church , or tradition but ex- perience ...
... religious sentiment , James relativized religion in a still more democratic " direction in order to assure more equal respect for temperamental difference . " If an Emerson were forced to be a Wesley , or a Moody forced to be a ...
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