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Transcendentalism The Philosophy of the Mind Transcendentalism is the view that the basic truth of theuniverse lies beyond the knowledge obtained from the senses aknowledge that transcendentalists regard as the mere appearance ofthings Adventures 162 Transcendentalists believe the mind iswhere ideas are formed The transcendentalist ideas of God manand the universe were not all original but were a combination of otherphilosophies and religions One of the major questions of philosophy is What is the natureof the universe Immanuel Kant was one of the majorTranscendentalists of his time One of the major questions he askedwas What is knowledge and how is it possible Transcendentalistsbelieve that one really only knows personal experiences and that onecan not know the universe which exists Kant came to the conclusionthat there are two universes one of experience called thePhenomenal Universe and the other the Noumenal Universe theone of reason The first is scientific and the other practical Frost 42 Transcendentalists think there is a dimension of depth in everythingthat exists They also think the spirit is what controls your physical sideHalverson 431 Some transcendentalists say the world has nobeginning in time everything takes place according to the laws ofnature The same people think there is not necessarily an absoluteBeing who causes the world to be Frost 42 Transcendentalists thinknature is a product of the mind and without the mind nature would notexist Santayana 42 These ideas come from the Romantic traditionswhich originated in England The Romantics believed in spiritual unityof all forms of being with God humanity and nature sharing auniversal soul Adventures 208 Transcendentalists came to the conclusion that good and evilwere things only man could control Their belief of man is that man ispart of the universe of objects and things His knowledge is confinedto ideas He is able to reason and he can form ideas of the outerworld of God freedom and immortality Frost 53 Immanuel Kantsaid Always act in such a way that the maxim determining
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