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.
- tran·scen·den·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use transcendentalism in a sentence
As an old story goes: The New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller was given to exclaiming, “I accept the universe!”
Carlyle is described as a 'transcendentalist'—a kind of qualified equivalent to intuitionist.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I. | Sir Leslie Stephen
Proof seems to him, as it did to the contemporary Transcendentalist philosophers, an impertinence.The American Mind | Bliss Perry
He was then an incipient Transcendentalist, and he did not fail to discover in me the seeds of the same plant.Memoirs | Charles Godfrey Leland
The transcendentalist believes his ideas to be self-transcendent only because he finds that in fact they do bear fruits.The Meaning of Truth | William James
There are passages in his Concord diary in which he refers to the itinerant transcendentalist in no very sympathetic manner.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne | Frank Preston Stearns
British Dictionary definitions for transcendentalism
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
- transcendentalist, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for transcendentalism
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