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Transcendentalism is the view that the basic truth of the universe lies beyond the knowledge obtained from the senses a knowledge that transcendentalists regard as the mere appearance of things Adventures 162 Transcendentalists believe the mind is where ideas are formed The transcendentalist ideas of God man and the universe were not all original but were a combination of other philosophies and religions One of the major questions of philosophy is What is the nature of the universe Immanuel Kant was one of the major Transcendentalists of his time One of the major questions he asked was What is knowledge and how is it possible Transcendentalists believe that one really only knows personal experiences and that one can not know the universe which exists Kant came to the conclusion that there are two universes one of experience called the Phenomenal Universe and the other the Noumenal Universe the one of reason The first is scientific and the other practical Frost 42 Transcendentalists think there is a dimension of depth in everything that exists They also think the spirit is what controls your physical side Halverson 431 Some transcendentalists say the world has no beginning in time everything takes place according to the laws of nature The same people think there is not necessarily an absolute Being who causes the world to be Frost 42 Transcendentalists think nature is a product of the mind and without the mind nature would not exist Santayana 42 These ideas come from the Romantic traditions which originated in England The Romantics believed in spiritual unity of all forms of being with God humanity and nature sharing a universal soul Adventures 208 Transcendentalists came to the conclusion that good and evil were things only man could control Their belief of man is that man is part of the universe of objects and things His knowledge is confined to ideas He is able to reason and
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