Transcendentalism

Max and Chris

Transcendentalism

  • A literary movement in the 1830's that established a clear " American Voice"
  • A belief in a higher reality than that achieved by human reasoning
  • Suggests that every individual is capable of discovering this higher truth through intuition

Tenets of Transcendentalism

  • Believed in living close to nature/importance of nature. Nature is the source of truth and inspiration.
  • Taught the dignity of manual labor
  • Advocated self-trust/ confidence
  • Valued individuality/non-conformity/free thought
  • Advocated self-reliance/ simplicity

The First Transcendentalists

Hippies

The hippies also believed to live close to nature and to be individual. Most hippies like to live with other hippies so that they can support each other and not rely on the government for their support.