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" It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery we have made that we exist.* That discovery is called the Fall of Man. Ever afterwards we suspect our instruments. We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have... "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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Instruments and the Imagination

Thomas L. Hankins, Robert J. Silverman - 1999 - 337 pages
...one of his more desperate moods, Ralph Waldo Emerson bemoaned the tragedy of the human condition. It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors. Perhaps these...
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Kulturelle Perspektiven auf Schrift und Schreibprozesse: elf Aufsätze zum ...

Wolfgang Raible - 1995 - 314 pages
...Brooke Davis (Kirksville, Missouri) It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery that we have made that we exist. That discovery is called...mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors. Perhaps these...
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Bakhtin in Contexts: Across the Disciplines

Amy Mandelker - 1995 - 218 pages
...that self-expression must always antagonize on, kicking against the rubrics of inherited speech: "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...called the Fall of Man. Ever afterwards we suspect our instruments."26 Moral Perception and the Chronotope-. The Case of Henry James Lisa Eckstrom To. . oward...
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Mythic Archetypes in Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Blakean Reading

Richard R. O'Keefe - 1995 - 228 pages
...awareness finds expression in one of Emerson's saddest insights, appropriately enough in "Experience": "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...we exist. That discovery is called the Fall of Man" (Complete Works 3:75). 103 JESUS LOST AND JESUS REGAINED / am not a God afar off, I am a brother and...
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Pragmatism: A Contemporary Reader

Russell B. Goodman - 1995 - 317 pages
...means of it. "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped," Emerson calmly remarks in "Experience," "the discovery we have made, that we exist. That discovery...Man. Ever afterwards, we suspect our instruments." Complaints about these "instruments" — what Santayana calls "the kindly infidelities of language"...
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Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman

Stanley Cavell, Walter M Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Emeritus Honorary Associate of Adams House Stanley Cavell - 1996 - 255 pages
...man's knowledge, hence from his existence). Here I adduce a passage from Emerson's "Experience": "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are." I quote a little more than is quite necessary here, always...
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Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography

Roger Shattuck - 1997 - 369 pages
...fatuous prose, he often plants a subtle truth. This one reaches very deep and deserves reflection: "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...we exist. That discovery is called the Fall of Man" ("Experience"). The mere fact of existence confounds us. But Emerson stops short: Exist as what? I...
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Pragmatism and Literary Studies

Winfried Fluck - 1999 - 380 pages
...hissing and spinning the earliest real inklings of our bond to all that dust and what it means. It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors. Perhaps these...
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Emerson's Ethics

Gustaaf Van Cromphout - 1999 - 182 pages
...as it is painful. In "Experience," Emerson stated our problem in all its poignancy and finality: "It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery...we exist. That discovery is called the Fall of Man" (CW 3:43). Years later he speculated: "It may be that we have no right here as individuals; that the...
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John Dewey and the Lessons of Art

Philip Wesley Jackson - 1998 - 204 pages
...entitled "Experience," Ralph Waldo Emerson makes a point akin to Dillard's. "It is very unhappy," he says, "but too late to be helped, the discovery we have...mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors" (Emerson 1983,...
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