Transcendentalism, Thoreau, & Emerson

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Transcendentalism is defined as any of various philosophies that propose to discover the nature of reality by investigating the process of thought rather than the objects of sense experience. In simpler words, transcendentalism can be defined as a philosophy where thinking is more important than doing or the search for reality through thought.

Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He was educated at Harvard University. In the late 1830s and early 1840s, Thoreau taught school and tutored in Concord and on Straten Island, New York. In 1845, he moved to a cabin at Walden Pond, near Concord. He stayed there until 1847.

Thoreau made several very interesting statements in the first chapter of his book entitled Walden. The first statement that I came across while reading was, "The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage."... Continue Reading