[tran-sen-den-tl-iz-uh m, -suh n-]
- transcendental character, thought, or language.
- Also called transcendental philosophy. any philosophy based upon the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical: in the U.S., associated with Emerson.
Origin of transcendentalism
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- any system of philosophy, esp that of Kant, holding that the key to knowledge of the nature of reality lies in the critical examination of the processes of reason on which depends the nature of experience
- any system of philosophy, esp that of Emerson, that emphasizes intuition as a means to knowledge or the importance of the search for the divine
- vague philosophical speculation
- the state of being transcendental
- something, such as thought or language, that is transcendental
Word Origin and History for transcendental-philosophy
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