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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Spires of Influence

Spires of Influence

The Importance of Emerson for Classical American Philosophy

(p.89) Chapter Four Spires of Influence
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the importance of Ralph Waldo Emerson for classical American philosophy. It explains that despite the differences and disagreements among several classic American philosophers including William James, Josiah Royce and John Dewey, they have one influence in common, and that is the thought of Emerson. Even George Santayana, another major figure of the American classical period, had an abiding interest in Emerson's thought and he frequently referred to Emerson in his own writings.

Keywords:   Ralph Waldo Emerson, classical American philosophy, William James, Josiah Royce, John Dewey, George Santayana, essay

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