Essay on Transcendentalist Movement : Ralph Waldo Emerson

1487 Words Nov 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Transcendentalists theorize that conforming to society and the institutions found within not only exhaust the virtue of the individual, but also deteriorate a community’s ability to thrive and prosper. This theory serves as the very fundamentals of transcendentalism, a philosophical movement that had strong faith in the good of people and nature. To transcendentalists, it is not the physical experiences or institutions that emanate the fundamentals of transcendentalism, it is the qualities of the mind, body, and spirit of humans. Furthermore, transcendentalist philosophers, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, have entrusted individualism and self-reliance with the task of constituting a true and robust community. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a philosopher and a member of the American Transcendentalists group. Emerson was a significant figure in the transcendentalist movement as he published a compelling essay known as Self Reliance which rendered the fundamentals of transcendentalism logical. Self Reliance upholds the elemental essences of transcendentalism as it extensively discusses the idea of the individual and their endeavor to be self-reliant as well as the flaws embedded within conforming to society and its institutions. The transcendentalists conception of self-reliance is introduced early on and serves as the foundation of Emerson’s essay. Emerson starts out his essay by a scant but dense definition of self-reliance. He says, “To believe in your own thought, to believe that what…

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