• WordNet 3.6
    • n transcendentalism any system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Transcendentalism Ambitious and imaginative vagueness in thought, imagery, or diction.
    • Transcendentalism (Kantian Philos) The transcending, or going beyond, empiricism, and ascertaining a priori the fundamental principles of human knowledge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n transcendentalism The character of being transcendental. Specifically
    • n transcendentalism In philosophy, in general, the doctrine that the principles of reality are to be discovered by the study of the processes of thought. Originally, the critical philosophy of Kant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Transcendentalism the investigation of what is à priori in human knowledge, or independent of experience: that which is vague and illusive in philosophy: the American reaction against Puritan prejudices, humdrum orthodoxy, old-fashioned metaphysics, materialistic philistinism, and materialism—best associated with the name of R. W. Emerson (1803-82)
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.”
  • Jean Genet
    “The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. transcendantalisme, G. transcendentalismus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, beyond, scandĕre, to climb.


In literature:

Transcendental method, so abused, produced transcendental myth.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
There came a rumour that there was something springing up in Boston called Transcendentalism.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
This transcendental folly simply paralyzed them.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The Aupanishadas have thus advanced from the pantheism of the orthodox ritualists to a transcendental idealism.
"Hindu Gods And Heroes" by Lionel D. Barnett
How far Schiller penetrated into the arcana of transcendentalism it is impossible for us to say.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
Idealism and Transcendentalism have carried no conviction to them.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
Thus poetry becomes an asset, and transcendentalism is exploited after the poet and the philosopher are dead.
"Four Americans" by Henry A. Beers
I've muffed Carlyle and Transcendentalism completely.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
The transcendental literature of Germany absorbs all that, at first glance, arrests the attention.
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
But transcendental logic must be divided into transcendental analytic and transcendental dialectic.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
I have devoted myself to transcendental medicine for the last twenty years.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
It was at the high tide of the Transcendental movement.
"Daughters of the Puritans" by Seth Curtis Beach
That, I fancy, is no transcendental view of the matter; but just the plain common sense way of going to work.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Mill evades the mysterious and transcendental at the cost of omitting reason altogether.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Terry remained always the rather transcendental philosopher, with a predominant ethical sense.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
We must not expect to find in the native mind clear conceptions of transcendental things.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
His may not be a transcendental mind, or one sufficiently elastic for politics.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
It is the transcendental era.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
These things are transcendental, Monsieur.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
What could be of more importance than to be absorbed in this transcendental world?
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

The owls came out and flew about,
Hooting above the rest,
"No useful egg was ever hatched
From transcendental nest."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Wise owls awoke and gravely said,
With proudly swelling breasts,
"Rare birds have always been evoked
From transcendental nests!"
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
My dinner, sometimes, like things transcendental
And things more substantial, like women and wine
A thing is, uncertain, and quite accidental,
And sometimes I wonder, "Oh! where shall I dine?"
"How The Author Sometimes Dines" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

It was was definitely a transcendental music moment.
Director David Lynch, shown in 2003, is touring college campuses to promote his vision of achieving world peace through Transcendental Meditation "scholarships".
David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation.
From the band's excellent new 'Transcendental Youth' LP.
David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation .
The transcendental Joan Jett experience.
Transcendental Meditation may help heart patients survive.
Transcendental Meditation, also known as TM, has long been associated with celebrities such as the Beatles, Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern.
The Mountain Goats' Transcendental Youth.
Even Lazy Moby Turns Out For Star-Studded Transcendental Meditation Benefit.
Oprah Radio host Dr Oz talks with Dr John Hagelin about the health benefits of transcendental meditation and understanding consciousness.
Transcendental Meditation Studied For Military Use.
The Mountain Goats' ' Transcendental ' Recording Process.
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Transcendental Meditation — TM — was widely popular 40 years ago: a technique for relaxation and awareness using certain sounds and ways of breathing, 20 minutes, twice a day.
Could Transcendental Meditation Help Veterans Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In science:

The results are given in terms of the transcendental functions F2(s) and F1(s), which were originally introduced in random matrix theory.
Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Process and Modified Random Matrix Ensembles
Resco, Transcendental division algebras and simple Noetherian rings.
Filter Dimension
To illustrate what we mean by this we recall that the spectrum of the Hamiltonian defined by the differential operator −∂ 2 x on all C∞ -functions on an interval and general boundary conditions is given by a transcendental equation in general which can be solved only numerically.
Singular factorizations, self-adjoint extensions, and applications to quantum many-body physics
Let A = dcl(c)}, c a transcendental point of k.
Integration in valued fields
If there exists a rational number w ≥ 2 such that a satisfies Condition (∗)w , then α is transcendental.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
If a satisfies Condition (∗∗)w ,w ′ , then α is transcendental.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
If a satisfies Condition (∗∗)w ,w ′ , then α is transcendental.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
If a satisfies Condition (∗∗)w ,w ′ , then the real number Pℓ≥1 aℓ/bℓ is transcendental.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Further, it is shown in that for a Sturmian subshift X , that is, a subshift with complexity pχ (n) = n + 1 for every n ≥ 1, the set CX is an uncountable set composed only by transcendental numbers.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Then, the set CX is composed only by quadratic or transcendental numbers.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
It immediately follows that α is a transcendental number, concluding the proof of the theorem.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Davison, A class of transcendental numbers with bounded partial quotients.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
In all other cases the equation is transcendental and one has to apply numerical procedures to unravel the spectral distribution.
Random Levy Matrices Revisited
The class of Pfaffian functions includes polynomials, real algebraic functions, elementary transcendental functions defined in appropriate domains (see ).
On the number of homotopy types of fibres of a definable map
In particular, it seems likely that each fibre of the local system can be embedded in the K3 lattice and hence, by Torelli, it is the transcendental lattice of a K3 surface.
Hypergeometric Equations and Weighted Projective Spaces