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transcendentalism

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noun tran·scen·den·tal·ism \-tə-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of transcendentalism

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of transcendentalism

  1. 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. 2 :  a philosophy that asserts the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and empirical

  3. 3 :  the quality or state of being transcendental; especially :  visionary idealism

transcendentalist play \-tə-list\ adjective or noun

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