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American Transcendentalism
This paper analyzes the transcendentalist school, known as American Transcendentalism, a movement started in the nineteenth century in New England with the publication of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Nature".
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This paper explains that the concept of transcendentalism is often used in religious and philosophical debates to describe the characteristic of divinity, the feature of God to transcend being and the immanent world. The author relates that famous intellectuals of the time such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Putnam, Elisabeth Palmer Peabody and Frederick Henry Hedge shaped this movement with the founding of the Transcendental Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1836. The paper concludes that the philosophy and evolution of the philosophical and religious perspective of transcendentalism should be seen only within the larger frame of the dominant ideology of the time and of the epistemological barriers and rigid framework, which were dominant in the universities of the time.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Transcendentalist, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, A Lecture read at the Masonic Temple, Boston, January, 1842, Retrieved March 10, 2007 from
  • Transcendentalism. (n.d.). The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Retrieved March 15, 2007, from Web site:
  • Hodder, Allan D - "Ex Oriente Lux": Thoreau's Ecstasies and the Hindu texts, Harvard Theological Review, 86 (4), 1992, pp. 403-438
  • Hutchinson, William R. - The Transcendentalists as Church Reformers: Conflict and Experimentation in American Unitarianism, 1836-1853, Yale University, 1956

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