This series offers the core teachings of the world's greatest philosophers. Each volume extracts the essential ideas of a major thinker in a way that brings these ideas to life and makes them accessible. This book serves as an introduction to Emerson, Transcendentalism and the ideas of the nineteenth century. It contains and discusses famous essays by Emerson, including "Plato", "Circle" and "Experience". It also talks about his literary talents and how his ideas formed the bedrock of America's deepest cultural values for more than a hundred and fifty years. He is known for proclaiming that nothing was more important than the harmony of one's own mind.
Richard G. Geldard, PhD, received his doctorate from Stanford University, taught philosophy at Yeshiva University and currently teaches at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. His books include The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Lindisfarne, 2001), God In Concord (Larson, 1999), The Traveler's Key to Ancient Greece (Quest 2000), Remembering Heraclitus (Lindisfarne, 2000) and a novel, The Find At Ephesus, (West End Books, 2000). His web site is www.RGBooks.com