PHI 522 – will explore the work and thought of American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson through the development of what came to be known as Transcendentalism. We will study how this philosophy developed from the Perennial Philosophy through European Idealism to become a unique expression of a vital philosophical vision.
Session 1 | Beginnings: Emerson and American Idealism
Session 2 | Primary Sources: Influences and Inspiration
Session 3 | The Birth of New England Transcendentalism
Session 4 | The Eight Principles
Session 5 | The Over-Soul and Universal Mind
Session 6 | Spiritual Laws and Experience
Session 7 | Compensation and Fate
Session 8 | Idealism and the New Physics
Session 9 | The Authentic Life
Session 10 | The Examined Life
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