Meaning of transcendentalism

tran•scen•den•tal•ism

Pronunciation: (tran"sen-den'tl-iz"um, -sun-), [key]
— n.
  1. transcendental character, thought, or language.
  2. Also called transcenden&prim;tal philos&prim;ophy. any philosophy based upon the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought, or a philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical: in the U.S., associated with Emerson.
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