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A movement of people who, before the civil war, made it their goal to spawn a body of literature that was wholly American and unique from anything the likes of which Europe had seen. Writers of the movement focused on spirituality, romanticism and intuition rather than clear-cut common sense. Transcendentalist literature was also typically very involved in the abolitionist and women's-rights movements.
Some authors who were part of the movement of transcendentalism include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Emily Dickinson, Theodore Parker, Margaret Fuller, and Harriet Martineau.
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A concept that was the base of the Transcendental Movement of the 1830s. Represents an idealistic thought system that focused on the spirit and felt it more important than mere matter. Follwers believed in a supreme being, the Oversoul, which was all powerful and good. Transcendentalism generally supported modern reforms in order to attain a general cooperation and understanding among all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a well-known Transcendentalist, showed his affinity with Transcendentalism as he related to the concepts of spirit over matter.
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Quite possibly the most hypocritical and nonsensical idea ever conceived.
Ralph Waldo Emerson formed the group of Transcendentalism, which believed one could unlock life's secrets without the use of groups or society.
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A philosophy developed after the civil war by a collection of American writers. Transcendentalists believe in a supernatural force called " The Over Soul" which all energy originates from, and eventually returns to. An example of Transcendentalist thought is expanding the mind through connectivity to nature; meaning to accept nature as a part of the universal energy, and also accepting that what might be thought of as the "unnatural" ( or in direct opposition to nature) in fact comes from that same energy. Do not consider this a religion, but merely a perspective on life meant to expand the mind and question the mysteries of our existence.
The philosophy of Transcendentalism can be observed through the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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in search for something that you do not have. refers more to freedom and getting controll of your life instead of being governed by others.
The men was seeking for Transcendentalistic life to get away from his troubles.
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The silliest word i have ever had to research.

Effectivley... it is a philosophy instead of a religion and relies on intuition and feeling instead of literature and teachings, there is no god, no guidance, just people doing what they think is right...
i dnt have an example...for transcendentalism...
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Although previously taken as a way of thinking in the 1800's, especially by people such as Thoreau, the modern way of perceiving the word "transcendental" can be redefined.

Someone is transcendental when he/she is a freaking boss/beast/pro. Someone who transcends is someone who can go beyond even the highest level of skill.
Person 1: "Dude, check out that kid, he's such a beast."
Person 2: "Nah mang, he's better than that. He's transcendental."
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