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Transcript of Transcendentalism
"all knowledge transcendental which is concerned not with objects but with our mode of knowing objects."-Immaneul Kant Characteristics of Transcendentalism:
Nature (Held the truths of life)
Individualism (Rejection of standard societal beliefs)
Moral Enthusiasm (Anti- Aristocracy and Anti- Slavery)
Literary focus (Literature was used by artists and writers to express themselves)
Neo-platonic philosophy Styles and Characteristics of the Time The transcendentalists believed in finding personal happiness, and higher knowledge through contemplation of nature and culture. They often criticized the idea of organized religion because they did not believe that they needed an established, organized religion with a certain set of beliefs. This reflects upon the cultural changes occurring in America; one of them being the distancing from old Calvinist and Puritan views, which were negative outlooks on human nature and man's relationship with God. The transcendentalists adapted a romantic view of the human nature, essentially believing that is was overall good and also believed that there was a higher existence or a higher knowledge that could only be obtained through contemplation of thought and nature. By doing so, they became closer to god, and drew many parallels to Plato’s theory of forms, and Kant’s transcendental idealism. http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/amtrans.htm
http://howlandpowpak.neomin.org/powpak/cgi-bin/article_display_page.pl?id=thomas.williams/american&ar=21 - Style and how this style reflects the values/concerns of the time
The philosophy Book Big Ideas Simply Explained. By DK
http://www.rwe.org/articles/728-from-kant-to-emerson-a-transcontinental-exploration-of-the-evolution-of-transcendentalism.html Work Sources