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Transparency in the Jardin des Plantes

              ALA, May, 2007, Boston               On October 14, 1832, two months before sailing for Europe, Emerson wrote in his journal, The great difficulty is that men do not think enough of themselves, do not consider what it is that they are sacrificing when they follow in a herd, or when they cater…

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Escapar de Vinculos Falsos (Spanish translation)

Escapar de vínculos falsos* Richard G. Geldard   Demasiado a menudo se acusa a Emerson de ser quijotesco. Cuando se le preguntó a la difunta Susan Sontag por qué en sus primeros años de profesión no escribió sobre las figuras literarias americanas más importantes, incluida la de Emerson, respondió que siempre había querido que sus…

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Welcome to RWE.org, New Work…New Conversation…

Since our re-launch on Feb 5, 2005, the new and improved RWE.org has welcomed 114,000 visitors. Thank you!  (Thru Apr. 30)   The mission of the RWE Institute is to bring to a global audience the complete works of America’s Founding Thinker. RWE.org is a non-profit membership-based site, depending on the generosity of its members…

Is Emerson useful?

In his essay “Considerations by the Way” from The Conduct of Life, Emerson had this to say about our ability to help each other with life’s problems: “Although this garrulity of advising is born with us, I confess that life is rather a subject of wonder, than of didactics. So much fate, so much irresistible…

Is Emerson Useful?

Emerson himself proposes at the beginning of “Considerations by the Way” that there is very little we can do to help each other. Why? As he says, life has too many shifting moods and so much chance (or fate) in daily existence, that one person’s experience seems to have little to do with another’s. Is…