Emersons Ethics Gustaff Van Cromphout (deceased)

ISBN: 9780826212153

Published: March 16th 1999

Hardcover

200 pages


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Emersons Ethics  by  Gustaff Van Cromphout (deceased)

Emersons Ethics by Gustaff Van Cromphout (deceased)
March 16th 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 200 pages | ISBN: 9780826212153 | 8.62 Mb

Everyone knows that Emerson was a moralist, but what does that really mean? In an attempt to answer that question, Gustaaf Van Cromphout provides in Emersons Ethics a detailed and philosophically grounded discussion of Emersons moral thought. InMoreEveryone knows that Emerson was a moralist, but what does that really mean? In an attempt to answer that question, Gustaaf Van Cromphout provides in Emersons Ethics a detailed and philosophically grounded discussion of Emersons moral thought.

In this first comprehensive study of Emersons ethics in the broader context of ethical theory, Van Cromphout explores Emersons answers to what he considered the basic question facing any thinking human being: How should I live?Van Cromphout begins by examining Emersons college essays on ethics—essays that reflect his response to the moral thought prevailing in his intellectual environment.

He then discusses the mature Emersons attempt to establish ethics on a surer foundation than the religion inherited from his forebears, showing that Emerson was influenced significantly by Kants moral thought.He goes on to examine Emersons search for a morally competent self in an age when the very notion of self was under serious threat. The ethical dimension of Emersons politics and his theories of friendship and love, as well as the quest for a life worth living in the modern world, are also addressed. The last chapters are devoted to nature and literature. Van Cromphout explores Emersons understanding of nature as a focus of ethical responsibility, and he examines the corruptibility of language, the ethics of self- expression, and the moral responsibilities of writers toward their audiences.

Emerson believed that ethics permeated every aspect of human life. By examining Emersons understanding of ethics and his contribution to ethical thought, Emersons Ethics shows one of the truly great minds in American culture confronting issues of fundamental relevance to all human beings. Filling an important gap in Emerson studies, this book will appeal not only to readers interested in Emerson and his significance in American thought and literature but also to readers concerned with ethics and, more generally, with the interrelations of literature and philosophy.



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