descendentalism

descendentalism

the doctrines of a school of philosophy emphasizing empiricism and positivism. Cf. transcendentalism.descendentalist, n.descendental, descendentalistic, adj.
See also: Philosophy
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"Descendentalism and the Dark Romantics: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and the Subversion of the American Transcendentalism." A Companion to American Gothic.
This clever "combining of contrasts," in other words, fuses material and ethereal quests; it mixes Descendentalism and Transcendentalism to become the paradox of Gothic Transcendentalism or the Transcendental Gothic.