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Transcendentalism. What is it?. Literary and philosophical movement Asserted existence of a spiritual reality Transcends science and promotes intuition. The Foundations. Founded in New England Lead mostly by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau

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What is it?

Literary and philosophical movement

Asserted existence of a spiritual reality

Transcends science and promotes intuition


The foundations
The Foundations

Founded in New England

Lead mostly by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau

Immanuel Kant’s work Critique of Pure Reason (1781).

“The physical world serves humanity by providing commodity, beauty, language, and discipline.” -Emerson


Beliefs
Beliefs

Spiritual life with emphasis on intuition and individuality

Rejected ideas society

Nature, unity of religions, and disregard for external authorities

“There is no distinction between God, men, and things for they are all participants of the One.” -Thoreau


Ralph waldo emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson!

Lived a tragic life

Turned to spirituality

Influenced by Thomas Earlyle

Gained a large following

Including Thoreau

Intellectual accomplishment


Henry david thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

Naturalist/ Moral Philosopher

Emerson was his greatest influence

Graduated from Harvard

Served time in jail

Walden Pond “experiment”

“Simplify, simplify”


Margaret fuller
Margaret Fuller

Advocate for women's rights

Well educated

4 languages

The Dial

Nonconformist

“Conversations”

Plain


The dial
The Dial

Journal published from 1840 to 1929

Edited by Margaret Fuller and Emerson

Literature, philosophy, and religion

“discussion of principles, rather than at the promotion of measures”


Works cited
Works Cited

American Transcendentalism Club. 23 February 2007. 5 November 2010

<http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transcendentalism/ideas/dialhistory.html>Cohen, S. Marc. “Neoplatonism.” World Book Advanced. World Book, 2010. Web. 5 Nob. 2010.“Sara Margaret Fuller.” Sara Margaret Fuller. 5 November 2010. Web. 5 Nov. 2010.

<Http://www.alcott.net/alcott/home/champoins/Fuller.html?index=1>

Immanuel Kant. The Critique Of Pure Reason. 1781. World Book Advanced. Web. 5 Nov. 2010

<http://www.worldbookonline.com/advancd/ebook?id=eb2878208&st=critique+pure+reason>


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