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  • Emerson's Essays

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    Emerson's Essays is a collection of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 18th-century Transcendentalist. In "Self-Reliance," Emerson discusses one of his central and recurring themes of individuality, moral independence and the harmful effects of conformist society on the individual. "The Over-Soul" deals with the nature of the infinite human soul, its superiority to the ego and its relation to other souls and the divine. Other essays, such as "Politics," argue against big government and that one day humans will be virtuous enough to not require any government whatsoever.