• Marina Guiomar deposited Where Do We Find Ourselves in the group Group logo of American TranscendentalismAmerican Transcendentalism on Humanities Commons 3 years, 6 months ago

    “Where do we find ourselves?” are Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Experience” first words. The query is the author’s starting point for a number of philosophical considerations; it’s also the point of departure for our making sense of pain, through the reading of both Emerson’s essay and James Joyce’s Ulysses.
    The essay hipothesises that Joyce’s “We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothersinlove. But always meeting ourselves” is a commentary on Emerson’s initial inquiry.
    The discussion evolves into a linguistic ellaboration on the verbs “find” and “meet” and invites Stanley Cavell’s play on “founding” and “foundling” (This New Yet Unapproachable America) to further activate the polyssemic investigation.