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Philosophy AmericanaMaking Philosophy at Home in American Culture$
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Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225507

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225507.001.0001

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Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought

Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought

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(p.188) Twelve Emerson's Platonizing of American Thought
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Philosophy Americana
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Douglas R. Anderson

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823225507.003.0013

This chapter examines the essay “First and Second Series and Representative Men” to suggest the ways in which philosophical reconstruction occurred. Emerson drew on the tradition of Platonism and on the ideas of his fellow Transcendentalists to reconstruct philosophical practise. In part, the revision has to do with how philosophy is actually defined. But it also has to do with how one goes about defining.

Keywords:   American thought, First and Second Series and Representative Men, Platonism, Transcendentalists, philosophy

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