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American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Arthur Versluis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199368136
eISBN:
9780190201951
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368136.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

By the early twenty-first century, a phenomenon that once was inconceivable had become nearly commonplace in American society: the American public spiritual teacher who does not belong to, or at ... More


Emerson and Platonism

Arthur Versluis

in American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199368136
eISBN:
9780190201951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368136.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Discusses the Platonism and mystical experience of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and focuses on the Platonic allusions in and sources for Emerson’s work, beginning with Nature and ending with The Conduct of ... More


The Sage of Concord

Arthur Versluis

in American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199368136
eISBN:
9780190201951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368136.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Discusses the mysticism of Bronson Alcott and introduces a little-known handwritten mystical text of Alcott called Tablets. Analyzes Alcott’s mysticism and importance in American Transcendentalism.


Platonism

Julie Chajes

in Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190909130
eISBN:
9780190909161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909130.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 5 argues that Blavatsky’s works are an important site for the intersection of occultist thought with nineteenth-century Classicism. It shows that Blavatsky initially argued that Pythagoras ... More


That Horeb, That Kansas: Evolution and the Modernity of Marilynne Robinson

Robert Chodat

in The Matter of High Words: Naturalism, Normativity, and the Postwar Sage

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190682156
eISBN:
9780190682187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682156.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

As an essayist, Marilynne Robinson repeatedly challenges the Darwinian theories that, since the 1970s, have captivated many of our most prominent social scientists, philosophers, and public ... More


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