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transcendentalism

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A literary and philosophical movement, associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends the empirical and scientific and is knowable through intuition.
  • n. The quality or state of being transcendental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transcending, or going beyond, empiricism, and ascertaining a priori the fundamental principles of human knowledge.
  • n. Ambitious and imaginative vagueness in thought, imagery, or diction.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The transcending, or going beyond, empiricism, and ascertaining a priori the fundamental principles of human knowledge.
  • n. Ambitious and imaginative vagueness in thought, imagery, or diction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being transcendental. Specifically
  • n. In philosophy, in general, the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material

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Examples

  • The philosophy known as transcendentalism left its impress on much of the work of this age.

    History of American Literature

  • This I can believe, and it brings me to Emerson's transcendentalism, which is set forth in the Sphinx -- "Deep Love lieth under these pictures of Time, which fade in the light of their meaning sublime."

    Letters of Franklin K. Lane

  • He connects the expiring Calvinism of the old Puritan theocracy with what is called the transcendentalism embodied in the writings of Emerson and other leaders of young America.

    Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)

  • But sometime in the spring, not long after we'd finished a lesson about some strange thing called "transcendentalism," and started reading Shakespeare, I kicked my best friend Crary's chair.

    The Case for a Useless Degree

  • This is not the place to enter upon such a subject as “Tasawwuf,” or Sufyism; that singular reaction from arid Moslem realism and materialism, that immense development of gnostic and Neo-platonic transcendentalism which is found only germinating in the Jewish and Christian creeds.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • These positions, whether viewed as varieties of "transcendentalism" or "monism," include the possibility for attaining forms of pure transcendence.

    Sri Aurobindo’s Unity-Mutuality-Harmony model rescues any coercive "collapse" of "self and other"

  • With Ibsen it is a petty anger, an anger against nature, and it leads to a transcendentalism which is empty and outside nature.

    Figures of Several Centuries

  • I must say one word about another kind of transcendentalism which was pushing its way into favour in Roman society at this time -- I mean astrology.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • It was the era of "transcendentalism" in New England, of

    Washington Irving

  • This is not the place to enter upon such a subject as "Tasawwuf," or Sufyism; that singular reaction from arid Moslem realism and materialism, that immense development of gnostic and Neo-platonic transcendentalism which is found only germinating in the Jewish and Christian creeds.

    Arabian nights. English

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