Emerson Posted January 31, 2011 Share Posted January 31, 2011 If you're like me, you are anxious to come up with stuff to take you mind off of pending decisions. (Though I am not one of them, I'm sure Wisconsin applicants are at their wit's ends by now.) Even better, positive thinking always makes us feel good about ourselves, even if it makes the impending crash more painful. Thus, I propose a fun distraction: After you are accepted at your dream school, work with your ideal advisor, and land a tenure-track position (or at least a serviceable post-doc), what will be the title and thesis of your first book? (Necessary footnote before everyone jumps on me: yes, I know the statistics that very few--if any--of us will land in such an ideal situation. And yes, I am aware that it is almost certain that we will change once you make it through comps and progress in your dissertation. This is just a fun exercise in imagination, ok?) Mine will be, (very) tentatively titled, "Romantic Democracy: Idealist Thought and the Democratic Tradition in Antebellum America." A very crude, brief, and simplistic summury is thus: It will explore the influence of British Romanticism and German Idealism during the middle nineteenth century America, and how it effected political thought and democratic discourse. While common sensism--especially biblical common sensism--had been the primary epistemology in the early republic, thinkers in antebellum America. Most especially, strains of neoplatonic thought that had heretofore remained latent began to appear more prominents, starting in religion but expanding into the political sphere. While the Transcendentalists are the most prominent example, the American adaptations of Romantic and idealist thought spread broadly, especially as empiricism began to fall apart as the rhetorical battles over slavery required new epistemological foundations. What about everyone else? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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