About Mark

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Mark Gallagher is a Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA English Department and the 2018-2019 Barbara L. Packer Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society.

Mark’s dissertation is titled “A New Spirit of Truth: The Transcendentalist Socrates of Alcott, Peabody, Parker, Emerson, and Thoreau.” In their search for moral truth, the Transcendentalists often turned to the example of Socrates. While it may be a commonplace to regard Transcendentalism as a form of Romantic platonism or neoplatonism, no study has ever shown how the movement was particularly indebted to Socrates, as both the metaphysical and rational philosopher who provides a model for lived virtue. Whether it is through their experimental education or associationism, calls of protest or appeals to justice, or radical individualism, the Transcendentalists assert their own moral authority either by modeling the style or invoking the figure of an ironic, self-transcending Socrates.

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