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Daemon
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

Emerson was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman for transcendentalism. He developed his own philosophy combining German idealism, Neo-Platonism, and Asian mysticism, and dominated the American lecture circuit of the 1830s with his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essays "The Over-Soul" and "Self-Reliance." Although he published many volumes of essays and poetry, his lectures provided most of his income. What famous philosopher was Emerson's godson? More...
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William James was Ralph Waldo Emerson'godson and they two were the leading figures who attempted to carve out a place for spirituality in America in between scientific materialism and religious orthodoxy. The ideas of these two thinkers led to the creation of what can be see as an alternative spiritual tradition in America. They inspired the “East meets West” spiritual paths that have become so popular in America.
More recently the Integral Spiritual approach and Evolutionary Spirituality have immerged continuing some of the core ideas and attitudes put in place by Emerson and James.
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monamagda wrote:

William James was Ralph Waldo Emerson'godson and they two were the leading figures who attempted to carve out a place for spirituality in America in between scientific materialism and religious orthodoxy. The ideas of these two thinkers led to the creation of what can be see as an alternative spiritual tradition in America. They inspired the “East meets West” spiritual paths that have become so popular in America.
More recently the Integral Spiritual approach and Evolutionary Spirituality have immerged continuing some of the core ideas and attitudes put in place by Emerson and James.

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Agree with you, but don't forget about Henry David Thoreau, please.
Though he was influenced by him, he was and still is an essential part of Transcendentalism.
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