transcendental


tran·scen·den·tal

adjective \ˌtran(t)-ˌsen-ˈden-təl, -sən-\

Definition of TRANSCENDENTAL

1
a :  transcendent 1b
b :  supernatural
c :  abstruse, abstract
d :  of or relating to transcendentalism
2
a :  incapable of being the root of an algebraic equation with rational coefficients <π is a transcendental number>
b :  being, involving, or representing a function (as sin x, log x, ex) that cannot be expressed by a finite number of algebraic operations <transcendental curves>
3
in Kantian philosophy
a :  of or relating to experience as determined by the mind's makeup
b :  transcending experience but not human knowledge
4
:  transcendent 1a
tran·scen·den·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of TRANSCENDENTAL

  1. <the concept of the soul as a transcendental entity that exists entirely apart from the body>
  2. <in his speeches he manifests a transcendental ability to inspire people from all points on the political spectrum>

First Known Use of TRANSCENDENTAL

1624

Other Philosophy Terms

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

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