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Transcendental Movement

Get sources on the American transcendental movement.


"Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)"Arguably the single most important philosophical, literary, and religious movement in American history, “transcendentalism” took its name from the “Transcendental Club,” which began to meet in 1836, the year in which its most famous member, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), published his brief and anonymous first book, Nature. Among those in attendance at these conversations were George Ripley (1802-1880), Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888), and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894). The word “transcendentalism” refers to the individual's innate capacity to directly intuit truth without the mediation of institutions.

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