- An example of transcendentalism is the belief that man is at this best when he is independent, and not a part of organized religion or politics.
- An example of transcendentalism is the quote "a man in debt is so far a slave" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement that started in the 1830s with the belief that the most important reality is what is sensed or what is intuitive, rather than what is thought such as scientific knowledge.
- any of various philosophies that propose to discover the nature of reality by investigating the process of thought rather than the objects of sense experience: the philosophies of Kant, Hegel, and Fichte are examples of transcendentalism
- [oftenT-] by extension, the philosophical ideas of Emerson and some other 19th-cent. New Englanders, based on a search for reality through spiritual intuition
- popularly any obscure, visionary, or idealistic thought
Origin of transcendentalismfrom 18th-c. German transcendentalismus: see transcendental and -ism
- often Transcendentalism A literary and philosophical movement arising in 19th-century New England, associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller and asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends empirical and scientific reality and is knowable through intuition.
- The quality or state of being transcendental.
- The transcending, or going beyond, empiricism, and ascertaining a priori the fundamental principles of human knowledge.
- Ambitious and imaginative vagueness in thought, imagery, or diction.
- A philosophy which holds that reasoning is key to understanding reality (associated with Kant); philosophy which stresses intuition and spirituality (associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson); transcendental character or quality.
- A movement of writers and philosophers in New England in the 19th century who were loosely bound together by adherence to an idealistic system of thought based on a belief in the essential supremacy of insight over logic and experience for the revelation of the deepest truths.