My View on Transcendentalism

While watching a documentary in English class today, I noticed that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s publication, “Nature” (1836) is largely referred to as a “Transcendentalist Manifesto.”  So I decided to look up what this actually means, and how important it relates to Transcendentalism.  In fact, I found that one day before Emerson’s world-renowned essay was published, he met up with Frederic Henry Hedge, George Ripley, and George Putnam, forming the Transcendental Club.  I noticed this marked his beginning of importance towards the Transcendentalist movement, due to his sudden emergence onto the platform of Transcendentalism.  The philosophical movement involves the inherent goodness of both people and nature.  This explains the point that Emerson was an influential figure in the Transcendentalist movement, showing that his publication, “Nature,” was truly a “Transcendentalist Manifesto” due to his overt references to nature, and that comprehension of reality can only be gained through the study of divine nature.


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