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The Nexus of Unity of an Emerson Sentence

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In this essay I investigate the unity of Emerson's sentences. I begin by describing the phenomenology of reading Emerson and use that phenomenology to orient the investigation. I propose to understand the unity of Emerson's sentences by using a variation of Frege's strategy for understanding the unity of sentences generally. I then address how the unity of the Emerson sentence serves to create the unity of the Emerson paragraph and even of the Emerson essay. Along the way I compare Emerson's essays to Lancelot Andrewes' sermons. I finish by using the results of the investigation and comparisons to provide a partial reading of “Experience” in which I shed light on the nature of Emerson's encounter with the problematic of skepticism.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5210, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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