franklin vs emerson

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EMERSON VS. FRANKLIN When we try to compare Emersonís concept of the educated person to Benjamin Franklinís view, one thing stands out. Emerson is of mind and spirit in all that you do and Franklin was more go by the books when it comes to education. Emerson believes that books are useful as long as readers maintain their own creativity and independence of thought. The thinking reader refers the knowledge to the understanding …

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…the more educated you became, but I do not believe Franklin thought outside of the books in which he read until his scientist years. When Franklin used his knowledge to invent other things in which were not known at the time, I believe he was becoming one with his nature. I do not think it is to the extent of what Emerson is trying to get at but I believe it is a close relationship