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Transcendentalism Revisited

Parishioner and theologian Anne Marie Reijnen explores “Transcendentalism”, the elusive literary, political, and philosophical movement born in early 19th century America, through a group portrait of its foremost writers and thinkers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Walt Whitman. Anne Marie discusses the roots of this very American movement in European and “Oriental” thought and its impact into the 1960s. Finally, she asks what is durable in Transcendentalism: a “God beyond God”, a keen sense of “nature”, a high moral standard, the need to simplify, the art of self-reliance or the sacred duty of civil disobedience.

Fleetwood Room, 09:45 am.