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henslee | Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM via web

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What is a commonly held view--whether on politics, religion, science, or culture--that might be regarded as being related to philosophy?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM (Answer #1)

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The American philosophical movement of transcendentalism has been influential in my thoughts regarding economics and political organization. In particular, I share Ralph Waldo Emerson's conviction that conformity leads to unhappiness. Economic and political structures should facilitate creativity, ethical action, and a deep commitment to following one's conscience. The transcendental movement generated a strong critique of the American bureaucratic economic system, arguing that such a system reduced men to mere cogs in a machine. Transcendentalists like Emerson suggested that bureaucratic capitalism forces conformity and separates man from his creative, natural self. I find this critique compelling and believe that we can and should envision better ways of doing commerce.

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