« He Sees at Every Pore”

If, as Henri Bergson holds, a philosopher’s work is pervaded by the unfolding of a single thought, for Emerson it is the thought of "unfolding” itself. The driving force of Emerson’s thought is that form – whether natural form, object-form, political or moral form, forms of the self or of the mind – to remain vital can only be understood in terms of metamorphosis.