New Meetup: Emerson's Philosophy of Self-Reliance and Transcendentalism

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:40 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Emerson's Philosophy of Self-Reliance and Transcendentalism

When: December 6,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Austins Coffee
929 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
[masked]

SELF-RELIANCE

"Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

TRANSCENDENTALISM

"Nothing at last is sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

Among transcendentalists' core beliefs was an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individual's intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions.

Transcendentalism was rooted in the transcendental philosophy of Immanuel Kant (and of German Idealism more generally), which the New England intellectuals of the early 19th century embraced as an alternative to the Lockean "sensualism" of their fathers and of the Unitarian church, finding the alternative in Vedic thought, German idealism, and English Romanticism.

The transcendentalists desired to ground their religion and philosophy in transcendental principles: principles not based on, or falsifiable by, sensuous experience, but deriving from the inner, spiritual or mental essence of the human. Immanuel Kant had called "all knowledge transcendental which is concerned not with objects but with our mode of knowing objects."




On this very short notice, Plato's Cave members are invited this Sunday to discuss Ralph Waldo Emerson's philosophy of self-reliance and transcendental idealism.

Resource websites:
http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm
http://www.transcendentalists.com/self_reliance_analysis.htm

Audio:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1274593
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1386840
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4726347
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1048982

Check the files for additional resources.

Steve, Plato's Cave Organizer

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/PlatosCave/calendar/11987759/

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