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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 4, Chapter 10 Burlington, Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 4, Chapter 10 Burlington, Section 3 Summary

James Marsh, the first Vermont Transcendentalist, was attending Dartmouth College when John Wheelock took it away from the Board of Trustees. March graduated from the College while it gave classes in private homes in 1817.

Marsh's view of Dartmouth University was that it was operating on the philosophy of John Locke. Locke held two main beliefs. One was that the mind is empty until it has started to experience life situations. The second was "liberal Individualism," which is that the government is created by individuals and that its sole purpose is to protect those individuals.

Marsh disliked these views. He believed societies were created by individuals who lacked self-realization. There can be no individual without society. Marsh also was religious and Locke did not accommodate religion at all. Marsh spent most of this life searching for a philosophy that integrated with "evangelical...

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