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Transcendentalism - I INTRODUCTION Transcendentalism in philosophy and literature belief in a higher reality than that found in sense experience or

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I INTRODUCTION Transcendentalism , in philosophy and literature, belief in a higher reality than that found in sense experience or in a higher kind of knowledge than that achieved by human reason. Nearly all transcendentalist doctrines stem from the division of reality into a realm of spirit and a realm of matter. Such a division is made by many of the great religions of the world. II PHILOSOPHIC DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATIONS The philosophical concept of transcendence was developed by the Greek philosopher Plato. He affirmed the existence of absolute goodness, which he characterized as something beyond description and as knowable ultimately only through intuition. III TRANSCENDENTAL LITERATURE In its most specific usage, transcendentalism refers to a literary and philosophical movement that developed in the U.S. in the first half of the 19th century. While the movement was, in part, a reaction to certain 18th-century rationalist doctrines, it was strongly influenced by Deism, which, although rationalist, was opposed to Calvinist
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Transcendentalism - I INTRODUCTION Transcendentalism in philosophy and literature belief in a higher reality than that found in sense experience or

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