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dinsdag 28 maart 2017

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Boston, 25 mei 1803 - Concord, 27 april 1882) was een Amerikaans essayist en een van meest invloedrijke denkers van de Verenigde Staten, die met name het individualisme benadrukte. Hij werd geboren in Boston, Massachusetts als zoon van William Emerson, een unitaristische predikant. Na zelf ook een unitaristist geworden te zijn, werd hij meer een transcendentalist. Dat blijkt onder meer uit zijn boek Nature uit 1836. Emerson is bekend als de mentor en vriend van collega-transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson) (https://citaten.net/zoeken/citaten_van-ralph_waldo_emerson.html?page=2).

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), known professionally as Waldo Emerson, was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.
Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this groundbreaking work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence".[2]
Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent the core of his thinking. They include the well-known essays "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet" and "Experience". Together with "Nature", these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson's most fertile period (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson).




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