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
Leslie Perrin Wilson.
IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
Transatlantic Transcendentalism: Coleridge, Emerson, and Nature
Samantha C. Harvey.
Edinburgh University Press, 2013
From Kant to Davidson: Philosophy and the Idea of the Transcendental
Jeff Malpas.
Routledge, 2002
Deleuze and the Transcendental Conditions of Thought
Daniela Voss.
Edinburgh University Press, 2013
FREE! The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Sully and Kleinteich, 1883
The Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: The Transcendentalist Years, 1836-38
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
Crouse, Jamie S.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2005
Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History
Phyllis Cole.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Transcendental Utopias: Individual and Community at Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden
Richard Francis.
Cornell University Press, 1997
The Paradox of Subjectivity: The Self in the Transcendental Tradition
David Carr.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Phenomenological Epistemology
Henry Pietersma.
Oxford University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Transcendentalism and Realism" begins on p. 13
The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Ted Honderich.
Oxford University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Transcendentalism" begins on p. 878
Humanism with a Human Face: Intimacy and the Enlightenment
Howard B. Radest.
Praeger, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Transcendental Opportunity: The Other Root of Humanism"
American Transcendentalism, 1830-1860: An Intellectual Inquiry
Paul F. Boller Jr.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1974
Transcendental Philosophy and Twentieth Century Physics
Friedman, Michael.
Philosophy Today, Vol. 49, January 1, 2005
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The Eternal Symphony Afloat: The Transcendentalists' Quest for a National Culture
Gac, Scott.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2002
Men and Movements in American Philosophy
Arthur E. Murphy.
Prentice Hall, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of transcendentalism begins on p. 110
I. Emerson and Us. (Bicentennial Essays: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882))
Kalb, James.
Modern Age, Vol. 45, No. 1, Winter 2003
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