Tag Archives: Romanticism

June 21

Podcast Episode 3: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

In my third podcast I wanted to explore a passage from the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. In this passage Pirsig distinguishes between the classical and the romantic temperament. TO DOWNLOAD: Right click and then hit “Save link as…” TO SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST IN ITUNES CLICK ON THE […]

October 29

Romanticism and the Human Soul

Most of us know Samuel Taylor Coleridge as the English Romantic poet and author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. We may not be aware that he was also an important English theologian who significantly influenced the New England Transcendentalist movement in America. Coleridge and Ralph Waldo Emerson were both trained as Unitarian ministers […]

Spiritual Realism and Process Philosophy

As I have read through Emerson’s writing I see two aspects to his metaphysics. On the one hand he describes a spiritual Realism in which the collective human soul of humanity exists in a transcendent and exalted form.  Spiritual development involves finding this higher soul, or Over-Soul as Emerson called it, in our own experience […]

March 07

From the Enlightenment to the Romantic Revolution

For a time the rationality of the Enlightenment seemed to hail the final triumph of human reason. Soon the laws that operated behind the universe would all be known and humakind would be able to create the future it wanted. At least that is how it seemed for a while. If Copernicus is the most […]

A Brief Stop at the Human Intersection

If you think about the Universe as a vast unknown then you can think about human knowledge and understanding about the universe as the “human intersection with the universe.” Our knowledge about, and understanding of, the universe is exactly where we as conscious beings intersect with the universe. Many of the fundamental polarities that have […]

Test Drive a Worldview

To respond to Andy, I knew that I was getting myself into some trouble by oversimplifying and over-generalizing philosophy and breaking it down into metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. I was lumping things, like logic into epistemology and aesthetics into ethics (which I probably would have been better off calling values theory.) I also regret using the […]