By Jekshua Rincon


"A literary and philosophical movement arising in 19th-century New England asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends empirical and scientific reality and is knowable through intuition." (Transcendentalism)


Transcendentalism is People, men and women equally, have knowledge about themselves and the world around them or goes beyond what they can see, hear, taste, touch or feel. This knowledge comes through intuition and imagination not through logic or the senses. People can trust themselves to be their own authority on what is right. A transcendentalist is a person who accepts these ideas not as religious beliefs but as a way of understanding life relationships.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men" (Emerson)

The American Scholor

Summary paragraph 1-13

Emerson explains that his intent is to explore the scholar as one function of the whole human being. That Man is found in not only one person, but in everyone of society. Emerson basically talks about how nature is one of the most influential teachings on a scholar. He hints at books maybe not being such great tools for learning, since books are influenced off of other people’s beliefs, not your own.


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