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Emerson and Universal Mind Paperback – 7 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Richard G. Geldard is one of the founders of www.rwe.org, the major Emerson Internet presence, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley (Kerhonkson, NY). Currently on the faculty of the Philosophic Research Society, he has authored ten books, including The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essential Transcendentalists, God in Concord and Emerson and the Dream of America.
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Having never studied Emerson and lacking a comprehensive background to the Transcendental movement that he helped found, I found Geldard's book to be very helpful, its first 34 pages providing a relatively brief introduction to both Emerson and the philosophical underpinnings of his convictions regarding Idealism in contrast to Materialism, according to Geldard the actual subject of both his Harvard lectures and essay, while the remainder of this succinct volume offers a perceptive commentary on Emerson's essay.
Geldard recounts Emerson's personal journey towards those 1871 Harvard philosophy lectures and essay from an exhilarating journal entry made in December, 1823, when Emerson was only twenty, and then through several tumultuous years that saw Emerson complete studies at Harvard's Divinity College, become a husband and then a widower in less than three years, experience a crisis of faith as a Unitarian minister, then spend several months traveling in Europe, where he met and befriended Thomas Carlyle, another writer who would become a lifelong compatriot, and finally experience the death of his son Waldo, from scarlet fever. It was from this eventful and frenetic period that the ideas found in Nature and Emerson's first two books of essays would germinate.
Geldard's book is especially valuable in the way it underscores the influence of both Anaxagoras and the Neoplatonists, such as Plotinus, on Emerson's ideas concerning the differentiation of mind and matter, as well as the influence of English translator and Neoplatonist Thomas Taylor, whose translations of Plato and Plotinus influenced several of the members of Emerson's transcendental circle.
Two appendices provide (1) a concise overview of the development of Emerson's ideas on the mind, and (2) a replication of "The Platonic Philosopher's Creed" produced by Thomas Taylor, the English translator whose translations of both Plato and Plotinus Emerson found so influential.
"…I believe the mind is the creator of the world, and is ever creating," wrote Emerson in his late essay on the "Natural History of the Intellect", "that at last Matter is dead Mind; that mind makes the senses it sees with," and Geldard's short, essential introduction and commentary to that seminal essay proves itself to be an invaluable companion of inestimable worth in understanding Emerson's journey to such an assertion.