transcendentalism


tran·scen·den·tal·ism

noun \-tə-ˌli-zəm\

: a philosophy which says that thought and spiritual things are more real than ordinary human experience and material things

Full Definition of TRANSCENDENTALISM

1
:  a philosophy that emphasizes the a priori conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality
2
:  a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical
3
:  the quality or state of being transcendental; especially :  visionary idealism
tran·scen·den·tal·ist \-tə-list\ adjective or noun

First Known Use of TRANSCENDENTALISM

1803

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism

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