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Endless Seeker: The Religious Quest of Ralph Waldo Emerson Donald L. Gelpi

Endless Seeker: The Religious Quest of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Donald L. Gelpi

Published December 30th 1990
ISBN : 9780819179395
Paperback
169 pages
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This book offers a systematic study of Emerson as a religious thinker and analyzes him as a case study in expressive religious individualism. By filling an important gap in Emersonian criticism, it not only throws new light on Emersons thought butMoreThis book offers a systematic study of Emerson as a religious thinker and analyzes him as a case study in expressive religious individualism. By filling an important gap in Emersonian criticism, it not only throws new light on Emersons thought but also offers a critique of the individualistic ideology he first formulated. The text studies the development of his thought in three life periods. The author argues a consistent method runs through all three periods of Emersons development, a method he called spiritual discernment, although he modified the method as his thought matured. The final chapter suggests that Emersons attempt to live a religion of expressive individualism had tragic consequences.