- We honor Ralph Waldo Emerson, but where does Transcendentalism figure in anybody's life today?
- Emerson's Transcendentalism drew on German idealism and English pastoral poetry.
- Thoreau's collection of essays reflects the philosophy of American Transcendentalism in practice.
- Emerson's ‘The Transcendentalist’ stands as a manifesto of this philosophical movement, in which he explicitly identifies Transcendentalism as a form of philosophical Idealism.
- As such, taking many cues from Transcendentalism (a movement started in the early 19th century) I don't think any oaths are necessary.