Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • TOK Essay: Doubt Is The Key To Knowledge

    Why did I choose this TOK question? Personally, “Doubt is the key to knowledge” is a very thought-provoking Persian Proverb. We usually associate knowledge with certainty and belief, which we hold them dearly throughout our whole life. The knowledge could be related to religion, science or even arts. However, is knowledge always true and certain? Could there be error in the knowledge that we know of? I would be exploring how doubt plays imperative role in the field of science to gain the most…

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  • Thoreau And Transcendentalism

    When one mentions nature, people tend to think of ponds, trees, fresh air, and freedom; however, has man changed that image? Since the beginning of mankind, the human race has built contraptions beyond belief. Skip Morrow, in his article entitled “What are the Top Ten Inventions of the Last Decade?,” he writes that in the last ten years, “...Camera Phones, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (it was a slow year, but I love this product), YouTube, Tesla Roadster 100, iPhone, HTD Dream (1st Android phone),…

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  • Analysis Of Walden By Henry Thoreau

    In Walden chapter two, Henry Thoreau points out on where lives and what he lives from. One of his main points in this chapter is that every person has a divine power to create and develop the kind of surrounding he chooses to live in and what he wants to live from. He also brings up the issue ofthe great feeling of achievement that comes with creating or coming up with something, like he did by building his own house.By speaking of creation, he does not try to raise his standards or raise…

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  • How Did Herbert Spencer Contribute To Individualism

    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was an English philosopher and prolific writer, who gained much of his higher education through reading because he declined to attend Cambridge University. He was known as one of the leading Social Darwinists of the nineteenth century. As a Social Darwinist, Spencer helped gain acceptance of the theory of evolution which also became the basis for most of his books and teachings. The principle of evolution believed in the process whereby all things change from the…

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  • Examples Of Transcendentalism In Into The Wild

    The transcendentalist philosophy states the idea that: individualism, non-conformity, self-reliance, frontier spirit, commitment, detachment from materialistic things, and intuition are important ideas that should almost always echo in a Transcendentalist’s life style. The idea of transcending is to live life in an unordinary way, and go beyond human invention and experiences. In an almost mirror like relationship, these beliefs are what Mr. Krakauer displays throughout the book that Chris is an…

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  • Wordsworth And Muir Nature Analysis

    Decades ago, the esteemed chief of the Ponca tribe, Standing Bear, argued that “Man’s heart away from nature grows hard.” Even years prior to our modern environmental movement, mankind has always had a profound respect and admiration for nature. Our natural world has been celebrated in song, literature, art, poetry, and just about every other form of media one can think of. Naturalists, like William Wordsworth and John Muir, praise nature through written works, showing the emotional effect of…

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  • Summary Of William Cronon's Uncommon Ground: Rethink

    The premise of this chapter is as follows: science has played a major role in transforming our Western worldviews, specifically the Western perception of nature/wilderness. In this text, Oeschlaeger discusses the evolution of the term nature, and how it is perceived throughout history (beginning at the Middle Ages) by society. Oeschlaeger states that nature is seen as mythless and infinitely plastic in today’s society. The author compares medieval and Christian perspectives on nature. The…

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  • John Hodgen's Poem High Summer

    The poem High Summer by John Hodgen critiques the affect prominent poets have on the thinking of future generation and examines the validity of these critiques made on the subjects they write about. In this poem, John Hodgen describes, in a plain spoken and blunt way, Walt Whitman helping wounded Civil War veterans in a makeshift military hospital. He uses candid comparisons to prove his points and alliteration to improve the readability of his poem at the end. In order to understand poems,…

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  • Traditionalism In The Sound Of Waves

    In Yukio Mishima’s novel, The Sound of Waves, the use of nature and the evidence of traditionalism are both concepts that are instrumental in forming the plot and of themes of the story. Traditionalism, which is a belief, and nature, which is seen as divine power, coexist in The Sound of Waves, where the acts of nature in the novel often work in ways to support the traditionalistic views of pre-modern Japan. To be able to fully analyze the effects traditionalism has on nature in the novel, one…

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  • The Value Of Life In Henry David Thoreau's Walden

    In Henry David Thoreau's Walden, Thoreau consistently emphasizes the value of a transcendent life. The transcendent life as described by Thoreau, is a life that is lived with purpose, individuality, simplicity and one that is connected with the beauty of nature. Given this, it is reasonable to conclude that if Thoreau were alive today he would be dissatisfied with how conformist, institutionalized, and materialistic society has become. Thoreau believed that it was critically important to live…

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