transcendentalism


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tran·scen·den·tal·ism

 (trăn′sĕn-dĕn′tl-ĭz′əm)
n.
1. 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.
2. The quality or state of being transcendental.

tran′scen·den′tal·ist n.

transcendentalism

(ˌtrænsɛnˈdɛntəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. (Philosophy)
a. 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
b. 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
2. (Philosophy) vague philosophical speculation
3. the state of being transcendental
4. something, such as thought or language, that is transcendental
ˌtranscenˈdentalist n, adj

tran•scen•den•tal•ism

(ˌtræn sɛnˈdɛn tlˌɪz əm, -sən-)

n.
1. transcendental character, thought, or language.
2. Also called transcenden′tal philos′ophy. 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.
[1795–1805; < German Transcendentalismus. See transcendental, -ism]
tran`scen•den′tal•ist, n., adj.

transcendentalism

1. any philosophy based upon the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered only through the analysis of the processes of thought, as Kantianism.
2. a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical, as the philosophy of Emerson. Cf. descendentalism.transcendentalist, n.transcendentalistic, adj.
See also: Philosophy
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Noun1.transcendentalism - any system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and materialtranscendentalism - any system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
Translations

transcendentalism

[ˈtrænsenˈdentlɪzəm] Ntrascendentalismo m

transcendentalism

ntranszendentale Philosophie, Transzendentalismus m
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