what does Emerson mean when he says, “new views…are not new, but the very oldest of thoughts cast into the mold of these new times”? If you are familiar with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, you may have some insight. Include it in your response. What distinction is Emerson making between The Materialist and The Idealist? This distinction is far more prevalent in our times. What does Emerson mean by transcendence? Transcend what, exactly? How is this possible in United States, but NOT as possible in England at that time?
The Transcendentalist by Ralph Waldo Emerson.