To define Transcendentalism would mean `to grasp the ungraspable'.
`a movement of feelings and beliefs hard to define'.
1836 (publication of Emerson's “Nature”) - The Transcendental Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Inspiration drawn from philosophers like Kant, Swedenborg, Coleridge (the power of the imagination, mind creative in perception, nature as a scripture - more immediate and more accessible than any written statement)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Looking at Nature with the spiritual eye,
God is/not was,
What we experience is as legitimate, as valid as the views of our predecessors,
By meditation, by communing with nature, through work and art, man could transcend his senses and acquire an understanding of beauty and goodness.
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