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ERIC Number: EJ1072486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0160-7561
Emerson and the Education of Nature
Warnick, Bryan R.
Philosophical Studies in Education, v38 p95-103 2007
Ralph Waldo Emerson experienced the natural world as a sort of school. He thought that the school of nature offered both challenging instructors and an unlimited number of lessons. What are these lessons, for Emerson, and who are these teachers? How can the education that nature offers be discovered? To talk of the education of nature is, like everything else in Emerson, to speak from one's own experience. Emerson does not offer systematic argument or rigorous empirical data to support his educational claims. He offers, instead, personal glimpses of educational possibility. It is better to think of him as a journalist who records his own experience. He tells of his experience not merely to chronicle, however, but to provoke. He wants us to compare our experiences with his. If we find that we share Emerson's experience, we do more than get caught up in his rhetorical finery. We become convinced by his thought. This essay discusses four ways in which to learn from nature, and the author's experience in nature, which echoes that of Emerson.
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Language: English
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