transcendentalism (in philosophy)

transcendentalism, in philosophy, term descriptive of systems that hold that there are modes of being and principles of existence beyond the reach of mundane experience and manipulation. The term is now closely associated with Kantian theory, although some conception of transcendent being has been common to most forms of philosophical idealism. Kant argues that perception of sense data depends on a priori intuitions, which include conception of space and time and categories of judgment. For Kant, "transcendental" refers to conditions necessary for the possibility of experience, while "transcendent" refers to a noumenon, something unknowable and beyond the realm of possible experience.

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Transcendentalism: Selected full-text books and articles

CliffsNotes Thoreau, Emerson, and Transcendentalism By Leslie Perrin Wilson IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature By Samantha C. Harvey Edinburgh University Press, 2013
Deleuze and the Transcendental Conditions of Thought By Daniela Voss Edinburgh University Press, 2013
The Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: The Transcendentalist Years, 1836-38 By Orestes A. Brownson; Patrick W. Carey Marquette University Press, vol.3, 2002
"If They Have a Moral Power": Margaret Fuller, Transcendentalism, and the Question of Women's Moral Nature By Crouse, Jamie S ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2005
Phenomenological Epistemology By Henry Pietersma Oxford University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Transcendentalism and Realism" begins on p. 13
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy By Ted Honderich Oxford University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Transcendentalism" begins on p. 878
Humanism with a Human Face: Intimacy and the Enlightenment By Howard B. Radest Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Transcendental Opportunity: The Other Root of Humanism"
Transcendental Philosophy and Twentieth Century Physics By Friedman, Michael Philosophy Today, Vol. 49, January 1, 2005
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The Eternal Symphony Afloat: The Transcendentalists' Quest for a National Culture By Gac, Scott ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2002
Men and Movements in American Philosophy By Arthur E. Murphy Prentice Hall, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of transcendentalism begins on p. 110
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