Mr. Casey Pratt
Literature paper #3
Through our souls
A new understanding, a new philosophy and most of all an eye opening masterpiece for both schools of Literature and Philosophy, the Book "Nature" by the immortal Ralph Waldo Emerson was written in 1833 and published in 1836 and is a landmark on the career of the American. Emerson present the books with an epigraph discussing what is nature through the words of roman philosopher Plotinus ' "Nature is but an image or imitation of wisdom, the last thing of the soul; Nature being a thing which doth only do, but not know." (Information from Page 78 by the Concord in Massachusetts)
In order to deeply understand and read the book in a meaningful manner one must fully open one’s mind that way the philosophy presented becomes a teaching and also a mind challenging concept in relation to current beliefs in today's society. Emerson slowly develops through the 8 chapters themes and morals that will bring into question the way we believe and see our life, with nature being all that is external to us, basically all there is but spirit.
Through the first chapter " Nature " Emerson seeks for a better understanding on the meaning of “eternal” with an analogy to the stars, eternal but also unreachable, always there for us but at the same time never accessible, the stars are part of our universe and yet they are not, our distance is elusive to our imagination that finds through intuition an ideal of what the things that are around us really are, for example everyone knows what a beach is, the idea of beach is present in everybody's minds, but if different people are asked describe it, the concept of what beach is will be the same but the description won't .
This notion and discovery in thought took Emerson's philosophy to the purity of things, the idea everyone has before description is what represents the essence of a matter and not the description of it, similarly to Plato that considered the...