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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

Alfred I. Tauber
Pages 89-103
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200310224

The Philosopher as Prophet
The Case of Emerson and Thoreau

Emerson articulated his metaphysics of selfhood within a theistic framework; Thoreau reconfigured his ideas as a mystical pantheism. In this latter form, Transcendentalism offered twentieth century Americans a new religious sensibility based on an intimacy with nature, which became a spiritual and aesthetic resource for personal fulfillment.

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