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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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“Born to Run”

“Born to Run”

Male Mysticism on the Road

(p.142) Nine “Born to Run”
Philosophy Americana

Douglas R. Anderson

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores Bruce Springsteen's “Born to Run.” This song puts the experimental at war with the cultural closures that threaten the listeners with the ordinariness of their ordinary lives. Springsteen, like Emerson, preaches a gospel of the extraordinary in the ordinary. The song's mysticism is accompanied by social and political concerns, personal difficulties, and the ongoing erosion of someone's version of the “American dream”.

Keywords:   male mysticism, Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run, mysticism, American dream

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