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" In this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state he is Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking. "
Nature: Addresses, and Lectures - Page 73
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883 - 315 pages
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We Stand Before the Secret of the World: Traces Along the Pathway of ...

Paul Scott Derrick, Paul Scott - 2003 - 162 pages
...ceases to be a vital, original creator of ideas and becomes a vapid imitator. As Emerson expresses it, "In the degenerate state, when the victim of society,...or still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (54). This is one more indication of the deeply subversive quality of Emerson's stance. Any culture...
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Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue

Philip Cafaro - 2010 - 288 pages
...of functions," he writes, "the scholar is the designated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim...thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking."5 Cut off from experience, the scholars' thought may become far-fetched and pointless, failing...
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Formen des Denkens: ├╝ber den Essay

Georg Negwer - 2004 - 212 pages
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Charles Brockden Brown and the Literary Magazine: Cultural Journalism in the ...

Michael Cody - 2004 - 213 pages
...worthless. In his address on the American Scholar, Emerson identifies an individual educated in this way as "a mere thinker, or still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (Oration 5); similarly, Brown says, "Many are familiar with the Latin and the Grecian compositions,...
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The American Classics: A Personal Essay

Denis Donoghue - 2008 - 304 pages
..."Man Thinking," "the designated intellect." But that is to imagine him in his right or ideal state. "In the degenerate state, when the victim of society,...thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking."3 He is the victim of society when he merely thinks in the forms prescribed for him, which...
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How to Prepare for the SAT Subject Test in Literature

Christina Myers-Shaffer - 2006 - 462 pages
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Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue

Philip Cafaro - 2006 - 272 pages
...of functions," he writes, "the scholar is the designated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim...thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking."5 Cut off from experience, the scholars' thought may become far-fetched and pointless, failing...
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Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy at Home in American Culture

Douglas R. Anderson - 2006 - 294 pages
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Stanley Cavell's American Dream: Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies

Lawrence F. Rhu - 2006 - 248 pages
...in Essays and Poems, 53-71, 54: "In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, [the scholar] tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking." Jesus' words come from Matt. 6:7 (KJV). 15. Cavell, Disowning Knowledge, 126. 16. Stanley Cavell, The...
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American Men of Letters - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oliver Wendell Holmes - 2007 - 472 pages
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