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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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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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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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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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Nerds: Who They are and why We Need More of Them

David Anderegg - 2007 - 274 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. . . . But the old oracle said, "All things have two handles: beware of the wrong one." In life, too...
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