Transcendentalism, An American Philosophy

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American philosophers during the early to mid-1800s embraced a new liberal movement known as transcendentalism that posed a silent threat to the current social and political institutions of the time period. Henry David Thoreau acted as the father of this new philosophy that would go on to transform the social structure of America into what it is and is still becoming today. Transcendentalism is an American philosophy that humankind has an innate sense of being and knowledge of the world around them that extends beyond the tangible, physical realm that can simply be seen, heard, tasted, touched, or felt. This idea disregards logic and reason, focusing almost entirely on intuition and imagination. Therefore, according to "26f. Transcendentalism, An American Philosophy,” a transcendentalist “is a person who accepts these ideas not as religious beliefs but as a way of understanding life relationships.” They drew the basis of their belief system from a periodical called, “The Dial,” which was written by a radical feminist who pushed male and female equality in nearly all of her publications. Transcendentalism remained entrenched in its study and discussion until Henry David Thoreau tried to physically put it into practice ("26f”). Henry David Thoreau was a “strange, gentle, fanatic, selfish, [dreaming], [stubborn individualist],” as well as a Harvard graduate at the top of his class ("26f. Transcendentalism, An American Philosophy”). After trying out several different
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