By Stanley Cavell
This paintings is an advent to the lifetime of philosophy within the usa, as Emerson as soon as lived it, in all its topographical ambiguity.
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The lawyer said to the judge that there was precedent for granting the petition for Philosophy and the Arrogation of Voice 27 a change of name to a minor who was going away to live with relatives. ) Whether the judge believed the lawyer's story I do not know; or whether he feigned to believe, just possibly sensing-as by now I feel sure my parents sensed-that I would not be entering so extreme a request unless I were in that state I will long after find words for in the opening chapter of Walden: "Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives.
For the navy's early-entry officers' training program, the initial hurdle was a competitive set of intelligence and achievement tests; I was successful, and the next step was the physical examination, which I was within a matter of days notified to appear for at the naval base in San Francisco. On the two-and-a-half hour train ride there, things began to seem suddenly quite real, and I hit on a plan for what to do when the ear doctor looked doubtful. All my predictions came true. With a glance in my ear the doctor said, "Go home, son," and I began playing my hand.
Quite as if the reason for being singled out with a name were not just to be traceable in case of wrongdoing, but before that, as its ground, to serve notice that identifiable actions, deeds, the works of human beings, are the source of identity, and consequently constitute identity through accusation-all doing known as wrongdoing. The first guilt is being the one you are. So we are originally sinners. Hence, Emerson's defiant injunction-and following his Nietzsche'sto become, not simply accept, the one you are to be known as.