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Transcendentalism

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Notes on Transcendental beliefs

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Transcendentalism

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

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