transcendentalist

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transcendental +‎ -ist

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transcendentalist (plural transcendentalists)

  1. One who believes in transcendentalism.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture 2:
      “I accept the universe” is reported to have been a favorite utterance of our New England transcendentalist, Margaret Fuller; and when some one repeated this phrase to Thomas Carlyle, his sardonic comment is said to have been: “Gad! she'd better!”
  2. Any of a group of philosophers who assert that true knowledge is obtained by faculties of the mind that transcend sensory experience; those who exalt intuition above empirical knowledge and ordinary mentation. Used in modern times of some post-Kantian German philosophers, and of the school of Emerson.

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