From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 278 pages
In this remarkable work, Roger Lundin seeks the source of American moral and cultural authority in the shift from nature to experience figured in the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While the pragmatic tradition concludes that experience must generate the very light that will lead us out of its own darkness, From Nature to Experience returns to religion for illumination and truth. This is a story of nineteenth-century sources and twenty-first century consequences in which literature, history, philosophy, and theology are joined in order to form a truly original critique of American culture.
 

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Contents

The Preferences of Eden
17
Delivered to the Dream Emerson and the Path to Pragmatism
41
Reading the Blooming Confusion William James and the Theology of Experience
71
Diminished Things Literature and the Disenchantment of the World
99
CULTURAL CONSEQUENCES
125
Divining Lives
127
Intentional Ironies
153
The Truth Beyond Method Fiction at the Limits of Experience
177
Conclusion
195
Notes
203
Bibliography
241
Index
255
About the Author
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Page 2 - Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions.

About the author (2007)

Roger Lundin is Blanchard Professor of English at Wheaton College. His previous books include The Culture of Interpretation: Christian Faith and the Postmodern World, Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief, and The Promise of Hermeneutics.

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