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Origin of transcendentalism
OTHER WORDS FROM transcendentalismtran·scen·den·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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
Derived forms of transcendentalismtranscendentalist, noun, adjective
Cultural definitions for transcendentalism
A movement in nineteenth-century American literature and thought. It called on people to view the objects in the world as small versions of the whole universe and to trust their individual intuitions. The two most noted American transcendentalists were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.