Historical Who is Who


1803 - 1882
United States


Though immersed from childhood years in the teachings of Unitarian Christianity, Ralph Waldo Emerson broke from these in his mid thirties, developing instead in company with others the philosophy of ‘Transcendentalism’. This shift away from institutional forms of tradition was In part triggered by his contact with Carlyle, Wordsworth and Coleridge during his travels in Europe. Instead he placed far greater emphasis on personal experience and judgement, along with love of good, of truth and of beauty.




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