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‘‘Altars to the beautiful necessity’’: The significance of F. W. J. Schelling’s ‘‘philosophical inquiries in the nature of human freedom’’ in the development of Ralph Waldo emerson’s concept of fate

Greenham, David

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David Greenham David.Greenham@uwe.ac.uk
School Director (Research & Enterprise) / Professor



Abstract

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1860 essay “Fate” has long been recognised as one of his most important essays. This paper is the first to examine the significance for Emerson of his reading of F. W. J. Shelling’s “Inquiry into the Nature of Human Freedom” using the unpublished manuscript of James Elliot Cabot’s translation of Schelling from the 1840s (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe). I locate Emerson’s reading of the MS against the backdrop of his own intellectual development as recorded in his journals from 1822 to 1859, working out in what ways Schelling’s work influenced and supported his ever changing conception of fate.

Citation

Greenham, D. (2015). ‘‘Altars to the beautiful necessity’’: The significance of F. W. J. Schelling’s ‘‘philosophical inquiries in the nature of human freedom’’ in the development of Ralph Waldo emerson’s concept of fate. Journal of the History of Ideas, 76(1), 115-137. https://doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2015.0001

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2016
Journal Journal of the History of Ideas
Print ISSN 0022-5037
Electronic ISSN 1086-3222
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Issue 1
Pages 115-137
DOI https://doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2015.0001
Keywords Ralph Waldo Emerson, F.W.J. Schelling, fate, free will, necessity, transcendentalism, Romanticism, transatlantic, compatibilism
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/840018
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2015.0001
Additional Information Additional Information : (C) 2015 Journal of the History of Ideas. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112

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