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March 26, 2014
Is Ralph Waldo Emerson a blues man?
Cornel West on Emerson’s Enduring Importance
Emerson is called the founder of the American religion, sometimes the American God, and surely he’s the voice of American individualism in “Self Reliance.” A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within,” Emerson wrote, “Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
Cornel West, like Emerson, is a preacher with a national audience, and without a church. Emerson is his number one American writer, a soulful modern and a model public philosopher.
This podcast is a short excerpt from Emerson Redux, a full hour show on Ralph Waldo Emerson created in 2006.