Henry S. Hodge '49's Journal
Thoughts on Transcendentalism
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What is Transcendentalism? The word Transcendentalism, as used at the present day, has two applications, one of which is popular and indefinite, the other philosophical and precise. In the former sense it describes more matter than opinions, since it is freely extended to those who hold opinions, not only diverse from each other, but directly opposed, not only in their statements, but in their bearings upon the most important interests of man. In its precise and strictly appropriate application, it denotes a class of philosophical opinions, concerning the principles of human knowledge, on the grounds of our faith in the world of sense, and also in those higher truths which make us capable of science and religion, those truths which impact to our being as men, all its dignity, and to our hopes and fears for the future, their interest.
Rev. Noah Porter js.
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