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8/29/08 American Scholar

Post  Hanna on Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:21 pm

Transcendentalism- a mix between hippies and angry people.

dogmatic–adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a dogma or dogmas; doctrinal.
2. asserting opinions in a doctrinaire or arrogant manner; opinionated.

palm- victory or triumph

vogue-–noun 1. something in fashion, as at a particular time: Short hairdos were the vogue in the twenties.
2. popular currency, acceptance, or favor; popularity: The book is having a great vogue.

nomenclature-noun 1. a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual or community, etc.
2. the names or terms comprising a set or system.

Don't think purely academically!

solipsism1. Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

paradigms1One that serves as a pattern or model.
2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.
3.A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

elucidate–verb (used with object) 1. to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
–verb (used without object) 2. to provide clarification; explain.

American Scholar

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Tone- negative, criticizing, reprehending

Didactic- preachy ( Makes sense as Emerson was a preacher.)

Why? We are not true scholars.

Emerson does not want the American scholar to depend on European works , but to learn from life. Ex. We learned about human nature in Tale of Two CIties, not just the French Revolution.

Quotable Quotes:"Life is our dictionary." "Man hopes, genius creates." "Inaction is cowardice."

sententious–adjective 1. abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
2. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
3. given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
4. of the nature of a maxim; pithy.



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