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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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A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreau

William E. Cain - 2000 - 304 pages
...splendors and defined the duties of a new intellectual identity. The scholar, Emerson explains, is "Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim...or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (Essays and Lectures, 54). In Emerson's view, society victimizes persons by prescribing soul-killing...
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Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture, Volume 5

David Fideler - 2000 - 471 pages
...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...thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking.54 Emerson identifies three primary influences on the mind. These are the world of nature,...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oliver Wendell Holmes - 2002 - 456 pages
...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...worse, the parrot of other men's thinking. In this vie^ of him, as Man thinking, the theory of his office is contained. Him Nature solicits with all her...
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Democratic Voices and Vistas: American Literature from Emerson to Lanier

Darrel Abel - 2002 - 540 pages
...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...or still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking. and action. The American scholar should not be primarily a booklearned man but a strong natural genius:...
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Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons

Christina Russell McDonald, Robert L. McDonald - 2002 - 301 pages
...American Scholar," Emerson argues that creative expression potentially activates "Man-Thinking, "whereas "in the degenerate state, when the victim of society,...or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (54). By questioning the received wisdom of Old World dogma, Emerson's new American Scholar develops...
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Understanding Emerson: "The American Scholar" and His Struggle for Self-reliance

Kenneth S. Sacks, Professor Kenneth S Sacks - 2003 - 199 pages
...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...thinking. In this view of him, as Man Thinking, the whole theory of his office is contained. Him nature solicits, with all her placid, all her monitory...
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Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning

Martin Bickman - 2003 - 182 pages
...distinguishing between the true scholar and the false one in any country: "In the right state he is Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim...or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking" (p. 54). "Man Thinking," as the present participial construction suggests, is always in process. "Thinker,"...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oliver Wendell Holmes - 2004 - 456 pages
...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...the parrot of other men's thinking. In this view of Mm, as Man thinking, the theory of Ms office is continued. Him Nature solicits with all her placid,...
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We Stand Before the Secret of the World: Traces Along the Pathway of ...

Paul Scott Derrick, Paul Scott - 2003 - 156 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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