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Emerson and The Examined Life

    Emerson and the Examined Life
    Address Given by Richard Geldard
    June 28, 2003   Faneuil Hall, Boston

Here in this Cradle of Freedom, our young nation began to frame the language of an authentic independence.  The founders, Adams and Jefferson in particular, articulated the two great principles upon which America was to form its national character: namely, the sovereignty of the individual and freedom of worship.  A half century later the eloquence of Ralph Waldo Emerson, our Founding Thinker, spelled out the elements of these two principles.  In effect, he clarified the experience of independence for us.  And at the core of his work, the very marrow of it, was the examined life.

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Welcome! This new section of RWE.org is offered as a testament to Ralph Waldo Emerson's genius and vision. His remarkable contribution to philosophy centers on his conviction that the ground state of the universe was consciousness rather than matter. He set forth this idea in Nature and in the important essay "The Transcendentalist."

In that essay he said, "As thinkers, mankind have ever divided into two sects, Materialists and Idealists; the first class founding on experience, the second on consciousness; the first class beginning to think from the data of the senses, the second class perceive that the senses are not final, and say, the senses give us representations of things, but what are the things themselves, they cannot tell. The materialist insists on facts, on history, on the force of circumstances, and the animal wants of man; the idealist on the power of Thought and of Will, on inspiration, on miracle, on individual culture. These two modes of thinking are both natural, but the idealist contends that his way of thinking is in higher nature."

 

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