This address was delivered at Cambridge in , before the Harvard Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a college fraternity composed of the first twenty-five men in each graduating class. The society has annual meetings, which have been the occasion for addresses from the most distinguished scholars and thinkers of the day. I greet you on the recommencement of our literary year. Our anniversary is one of hope, and, perhaps, not enough of labor. We do not meet for games of strength  or skill, for the recitation of histories, tragedies, and odes, like the ancient Greeks; for parliaments of love and poesy, like the Troubadours;  nor for the advancement of science, like our co-temporaries in the British and European capitals. Thus far, our holiday has been simply a friendly sign of the survival of the love of letters amongst a people too busy to give to letters any more.
Beauty in Nature
Self-Reliance: Change Your Life For The Better - Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 7, TBS Staff. Philosophy is complicated stuff. Honestly, the only real way you can fully comprehend the theories, epistemologies, and frameworks described here is to read the writing created by — and critique dedicated to — each of these thinkers. But what follows is your introduction, a rapid-fire look at 20 Major Philosophers, their Big Ideas, and their most important written works. But think fast, because these mindblowers come at a furious pace. Thomas Aquinas was a 13th century Dominican friar, theologian and Doctor of the Church, born in what is known today as the Lazio region of Italy. His most important contribution to Western thought is the concept of natural theology sometimes referred to as Thomism in tribute to his influence.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional. The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instill is of more value than any thought they may contain. To believe our own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, -- that is genius.
Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy , ideology and social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual. Individualism makes the individual its focus  and so starts "with the fundamental premise that the human individual is of primary importance in the struggle for liberation". Individualism has been used as a term denoting "[t]he quality of being an individual; individuality",  related to possessing "[a]n individual characteristic; a quirk ". In the English language , the word individualism was first introduced as a pejorative by utopian socialists such as the Owenites in the late s, although it is unclear if they were influenced by Saint-Simonianism or came up with it independently.