Ridgewood: Self and Society – April 3

Self and Society: An Emersonian Reflection – A Talk by John Matteson

In our own time, when debates that pit radical individualism against the common good have grown especially fierce, we would be wise to consider what American writer, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, who stood between the two extremes, had to say about his own “age of the first person singular.” John Matteson is a Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College in the City University of New York.  He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his first book, Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father.

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