Man is the game we hunt. Man is the mystery we unveil. Part III

Emerson’s mantra of the Universal Mind as the source of all things human is constantly repeated throughout this lecture series, equally so in “Religion”, the lecture he delivered on 19 January. Every religious sentiment and thus every religion is “based on the intuitive revelation implanted in every individual” (Hurth 486). This is why religious practices…

Man is the game we hunt. Man is the mystery we unveil. Part II

The manuscript of the lecture “Art”, which he read on 29 December 1836, is lost and the content was reconstructed by comparing his journal entries and his later essays on the topic.[1] In this lecture, Emerson claims that art like “every department of life” is an execution of its underlying law. Art is an expression…

Man is the game we hunt. Man is the mystery we unveil. Part I

After sharing some chapters from my thesis about Carlyle’s views on history, I thought I share my readings of some of Emerson’s text with regards to his views on history with you. As I wrote my thesis about works from the 1st half of the 19th c, I chose (in addition to his essay “History”…

The Letter of Instructions – Carlyle’s “On History Again”

Ok, so I thought about shortening my term paper chapters but I can’t. I am unable to do this. They are already very short compared to what they are about. They are already the essence of all the things I meant to write about after doing my research on the topic. However, I realised that…

Things to do when you’re in a funk

Being in a funk seems to be the topic of the week for me. Not only am I seriously stuck in a rut which I try to find a way out of  but my “bestest” friend L. is having a hard time at the moment, too. Poor thing add to this turning 30 and you’re…

Ohrwurm of the Week No 2

With yet another day of perfect summer weather and in accord with yesterday’s theme, here is my Ohrwurm of the day. Due to infringement rights issues, I could only get the Paul McCartney version. I am obviously  listening to the Revolver version. Enjoy! “Good Day Sunshine” Good day sunshine, good day sunshine, good day sunshine…

Grateful Thursday 25.05.2017

I am grateful for 2 things today. My friend L., whose 30th birthday is today. I am grateful that after 20 years I can still call her a friend. We had our ups and downs but we are now actually considering doing the one thing we dreamt about when we were teenagers – moving in…

Ohrwurm

I wonder if my current obsession with this Monkees’ classic has any deeper meaning. Freud would probably enjoy interpreting something into it. Hell, if I am honest, I do. Anyways hope you enjoy it as much as I do.   “Goin’ Down” Sock it to me… Floatin’ down the river With a saturated liver And…

Gather round Clio’s footstool!

As promised, the first chapter of my thesis (of the bits I feel comfortable publishing here). I will revise other chapters before publication as they are simply too long. This one is a bit long as well but I just went with it anyways. I feel the need to spread the word on Carlyle more…

Quote of the Day 20.05.2017

Freiheit ist immer die Freiheit der Andersdenkenden. An was aber denken die anderen? Und wie frei denken sie? Rosa Luxemburg Looking for a means to procrastinate this morning, I searched my favourite radio programme (In our Time BBC Radio 4) for a new podcast to listen to and stumbled across one on Rosa Luxemburg. As…

Glasgow, I Fell a Wee Bit in Love with You Today!

Although I am a country girl by choice, I am also a city girl by birth. This means that ever so often, I crave a city to wander the streets, look at the shops and experience some culture. This does not mean that there is no culture in the country but there’s nothing quite like…