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Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life

Time: February 9, 2012 all day
Location: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Phone: 215-563-3980
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Dr. Howard Callaway
Latest Activity: Feb 9, 2012

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Thursdays at 6:30 pm from February 9 - March 1, 2012, $20 

The aim of this course is to discover and explore Emerson's mature philosophical and theological thought and to see it in relation to his development and his substantial place and influence in American and Unitarian thought. The course will be based on a reading and discussion of Emerson's late book of essays, The Conduct of Life, which creates a moral and intellectual context for Emerson's treatments of themes such as human freedom and fate, our power to act, creativity and culture, unity and duality, wealth, worship and our capture by illusions. The book is available in many editions, including electronic editions free over the internet.

Recommended is Dr. Callaway's edition, R.W. Emerson, The Conduct of Life, A Philosophical Reading (Lanham, MD: University Press of America), 2006, a fully annotated and indexed edition which contains its own Introduction by the editor. Dr. Callaway has taught philosophy for many years, at home and abroad, on 3 continents; he has so far published 9 books in his field, including two editions of Emerson essays.

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