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The Adirondack Roots of American Philosophy

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  • Despite its name, the Philosophers' Camp of 1858 is not usually considered alongside the early American philosophy with which it is most closely tied. Yet, viewing the excursion through the lens of American Transcendentalism yields vivid insight into the central ideas of this popular philosophical movement. In fact, the way of thinking attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and his contemporaries is illustrated by the excursion itself and typifies the Transcendentalist's commitment to an experiential philosophy rooted in the senses. The emergence of the Philosophers' Camp as a cultural landmark develops together with a set of uniquely American ideals of landscape, identify and desires. Join us on a seldom traveled route beyond the Adirondack Park as we imagine the philosophical origins and the legacy of this fabled. Camp.

    Marianne Patinelli-Dubay, PhD, leads the Environmental Philosophy Program at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb Campus. Patinelli-Dubay is responsible for the design and facilitation of rich conversations among a variety of audiences, across disciplines. Initiatives in the Environmental Philosophy Program are meant to bridge humanities content with HWF-specific field knowledge and experience in order to understand the impacts of the relationship between scientific research and the regional land-use policy it advances.

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