Ralph Waldo Emerson, pogrešno je Ralf Valdo Emerson; Boston, 25. april 1882), bio je američki filozof, esejista i pesnik.
Po svojim idejama i uticaju središnja je ličnost američkog intelektualnog života u 19. Njegovo predavanje pod naslovom Američki učenjak nazvano je „intelektualnom Deklaracijom nezavisnosti“. Smatrao je da je pesnikova uloga da nam pomogne uvideti ono stalno u onomu što je promenjivo i prolazno.
The reasons for Emerson's influence and durability will be obvious to any reader who follows the exhilarating, exploratory movements of his mind in this uniquely full gathering of his work.
Not merely another selection of his essays, this volume includes all his major books in their rich entirety.
In 1832 Emerson resigned his pastorate and traveled to Eurpe, where he met Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Carlyle.
He settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1834, where he began a new career as a public lecturer, and married Lydia Jackson a year later.He died of pneumonia in 1882 and was buried in Concord.The "sage of Concord" was born May 25, 1803, in Boston, MA .Objavio je knjige Ugledni ljudi i Engleske značajke, te zbirke eseja Provođenje života, Društvo i osama, Priroda i Ogledi.Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life.(1856), a work hailed by his friend Thomas Carlyle as an accurate portrait of English social manners in the mid Victorian era.He spent his last years in Concord, writing little, but recognized throughout America as a philosopher of great stature.The son of a Congregationalist minister, he attended Harvard Divinity School, became pastor of a Boston church in 1829, experienced doubts about traditional Christian belief, and resigned in 1832, moving to Concord.He spent the next few years studying and traveling in Europe.An ardent abolitionist, Emerson lectured and wrote widely against slavery from the 1840's through the Civil War.His principal publications include two volumes of Essays (1841, 1844), Poems (1847), Representative Men (1850), The Conduct of Life (1860), and Society and Solitude (1870).