Transcendentalism : A Different Way Of Understanding Life Relationships

1892 Words Dec 18th, 2015 8 Pages
Transcendentalism is a very formal word that describes a very simple idea. People, men and women equally, have knowledge about themselves and the world around them that "transcends" or goes beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch or feel. This knowledge comes through intuition and imagination not through logic or the senses. People can trust themselves to be their own authority on what is right. A transcendentalist is a person who accepts these ideas not as religious beliefs but as a way of understanding life relationships. In other words these people were pretty much hippies. In the same year, transcendentalism became a coherent movement with the founding of the Transcendental Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 8, 1836, by prominent New England intellectuals including George Putnam (1807–78; the Unitarian minister in Roxbury), Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Frederic Henry Hedge.Transcendentalism was a philosophical movement that developed in the late 1820s and 1830s in the eastern region of the United States.The movement first developed among New England Congregationalists, who rejected the notions of predestination and the Trinity of God. Transcendentalism was heavily influenced by the skepticism of Scottish philosopher David Hume as well as English and German Romanticism. The movement emphasized independence, self-reliance and an individual connection to nature and the universe. I find this movement very interesting. I think that is is a very different way…

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