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Notes on Transcendental beliefs

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  • Transcendentalism
  • Transcendentalism
    • Reliance on intuition and conscience
    • Form of idealism
    • Philosophical romanticism
    • Literary and philosophic movement
      • “Within the nature of human beings there was something that transcended human experience”
  • They Believed in…..
    • Living close to nature
    • Taught the dignity of manual labor
    • Spiritual living
    • Establishing relationships to God on an individual basis
    • Human beings were divine in their own right (opposing church doctrine)
    • Self-trust and self-reliance = to trust self was to trust the voice of God speaking within them
    • Democracy and individualism
  • Vocabulary
    • Intuition – knowing by instinct, sharp insight
    • Transcend – to rise above, surpass, exceed
    • Divine – godlike, supremely good, magnificent
    • Conscious – having awareness of one’s existence, not asleep, awake, subjectively known
  • Vocabulary continued
    • Conscience – recognizing the distinction between right and wrong in regard to one’s own conduct
    • Individualism – assertion of one’s own will and personality, theory that one’s own will takes precedence over those of state
    • Mundane – typical or concerned with the ordinary, worldly