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Origin of transcendentalism
OTHER WORDS FROM transcendentalismtran·scen·den·tal·ist, noun, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for transcendentalism
As an old story goes: The New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller was given to exclaiming, “I accept the universe!”
There was in his character, perhaps, something of the visionary and the transcendentalist.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
We have seen how slavery was abolished; but no one should regret the failure of most of the Transcendentalist schemes.Liberty In The Nineteenth Century|Frederic May Holland
I also had letters to Mr. Bronson Alcott, the transcendentalist philosopher.Twenty Years in Europe|Samuel H. M. Byers
The word "Transcendentalist" ceased to be a synonym for "enthusiast."Recollections and Impressions|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
Had that work been completed, the Transcendentalist's faith in God would have received its most eloquent statement.Transcendentalism in New England|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
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.