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Kantian ethics

An approach to moral questions deriving from the teachings and writing of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). It is characterized by an emphasis on the rational endeavour of ...

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo

EMERSON, Ralph Waldo (1803–1882)   Reference library

David LaRocca

Dictionary of Early American Philosophers

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2013

...for Emerson; his beloved brother Charles died, his first book Nature was published, and his first son Waldo was born. In Nature , Emerson blends his interest in Plato and Stoic philosophy with re-conceptions of divinity, history, and individual identity. He employs Kantian terminology, which came to him by way of Coleridge, with a rigor, compactness, and innovation that lead many to cite this short book as a founding document of transcendentalist thinking. Emerson moved away from overtly Christian language, and toward ideas that are more generic...

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