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Abstract: Readers of nineteenth century transcendentalism are familiar with the image of Emerson's "transparent eyeball," or Walden Pond, but these simulacra are philosophically anomalous when abstracted from the intertextual historicity in which they evolved. The connotations associated with transcendentalism are not limited to nineteenth century America, but represent instead an evolution of philosophical thought. This progression originated in the work of the eighteenth century German author Immanuel Kant, and was later translated by the British Romantic poet, Samuel T. Coleridge. Acknowledging how Kant's theory of a priori synthetic judgment resolved the problems engendered by Cartesian dualism, this essay illustrates how Coleridge strove to integrate the sensual and emotional dimensions of the intellect. Recognizing the additional contributions of William Wordsworth and Thomas Carlyle, this paper explores the synthetic effect the presaging models had on Ralph Waldo Emerson's articulation of an ideal way of thinking, and being in nineteenth century America. Keywords: Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Immanuel Kant, Samuel Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Thomas Carlyle, Imagination, Revelation, Enthusiasm, Individual, Romantic, nineteenth century American Idealism

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2007
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
24
Pages
PUBLISHER
Departments of English Language and Literature and American Culture and Literature, Ege University
SIZE
245.8
KB

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