1. Transcendentalism An idealistic philosophical and social movement which developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures.
2. A system developed by Immanuel Kant, based on the idea that, in order to understand the nature of reality, one must first examine and analyse the reasoning process which governs the nature of experience
Try out these questions and add to your notes:
- How are you affected by nature? Do you find comfort in it? Do you reflect the moods of nature?
- What is the role of nature in your life?
- What is meant by an individual's spiritual side? How to you define it?
- Is there a connection between the individual's spirit and nature? If so, what is that connection?
- What does it mean to know something intuitively? For example, has a parent or a sibling ever known something was wrong with you without having talked with or seen you? What do we mean when we say "I just know it"?
- How do you demonstrate that you are an individual? Do you think independently of others or do you follow the crowd