Abstract

Investigating individual subjectivity, Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled to Europe following the death of his first wife, Ellen Tucker Emerson, and his resignation from the Unitarian ministry. His experience before and during the voyage contributed to the evolution of a self-intuitive philosophy, termed selbstgefühl by the German Romantics and altered his careful style of composition and delivery to promote the integrity of individual subjectivity as the highest authority in the deduction of truth. He would use this philosophy throughout the remainder of his life to encourage his audience to experience the same process he did.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; English

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Date Submitted

2014-05-21

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd6946

Keywords

Emerson, Intuition, selbstgefühl, Romanticism, Self-Reliance

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