Emerson and Self-Culture

by John T. Lysaker

Published by: Indiana University Press

248 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253219718
  • Published: March 2008

$28.00

  • eBook
  • 9780253000224
  • Published: March 2008

$9.99

How do I live a good life, one that is deeply personal and sensitive to others? John T. Lysaker suggests that those who take this question seriously need to reexamine the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson. In philosophical reflections on topics such as genius, divinity, friendship, and reform, Lysaker explores "self-culture" or the attempt to remain true to one's deepest commitments. He argues that being true to ourselves requires recognition of our thoroughly dependent and relational nature. Lysaker guides readers from simple self-absorption toward a more fulfilling and responsive engagement with the world.