Ralph Waldo Emerson 's Life And The Theoretical Underpinnings Of His Work

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I decided to focus my posting on Ralph Waldo Emerson. I will explore Ralph Waldo Emerson’s life and the theoretical underpinnings of his work. Emerson was the most remarkable essayist in the nineteenth-century. Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was an Unitarian minister. Emerson graduated from the prestigious Harvard. He went back to Harvard for their Divinity School, and learned the liberal Christianity of Unitarianism. An interesting fact about Emerson is in 1829, he became the Unitarian minister of the Second Church of Boston. Emerson was a very well-known and successful preacher. However, three years later, he began to question the acts and beliefs of Christianity and Unitarianism like the iconic Lord’s Supper. Emerson ended up leaving the ministry life behind because he believed that was the best thing to do. He decided to tour Europe, and he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Carlyle, and William Wordsworth. During his time in Europe, Emerson became influenced by European romanticism. Emerson returned to America, and he started lecturing as part of his career. He joined a Transcendentalist Club where Emerson and others like Nathaniel Hawthorne and more discussed philosophy, theology, and literature. Emerson emerged as the leader of transcendentalism in America during this time. “Transcendental”, a term in philosophy, means reason alone could not explain the universal truths. One of Emerson’s beliefs was that people would use nature as their image…

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