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Emerson, Race, and the Conduct of Life

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Emerson's conception of race and its racist dimensions are still under explored. Many scholars still minimize or ignore his philosophy of race and its racism. My paper tries to remedy this situation, but without denouncing Emerson's thought as thoroughly racist and white supremacist, which is a common charge among those who recognize his racism. I accomplish this by showing how "race" operates quite differently in Emerson when he is offering a philosophy of history as opposed to those moments when he is exemplifying self-culture.


John Lysaker    
United States


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