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Both transcendentalism and romanticism share the belief that knowledge is not limited to and is solely derived from experience and observation. Romanticism favored imagination and emotion over reason and logic while the transcendentalists defined reason as the independent and intuitive capacity to know what is absolutely true. In the New England states of the United States, the leading American transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that people should learn as much as possible through observation and science. But he insisted that they should adjust their lives primarily to the truths seen through reason. The Romantics, on the other hand, promoted the individual and the subjective approach as opposed to a rational endorsement of the universal and the objective. 

Emerson and his followers believed that human beings find the truth within themselves, and so they emphasized self-reliance and individuality like the romantics, They believed that society is a necessary evil. They argued that to learn what is right, a person must ignore custom and social codes and rely on reason. But the Romantics turned to nature for consolation. The transcendentalists believed that the doctrines and organized churches of orthodox Christianity interfered with the personal relationship between a person and God. Thinkers of both schools rejected the oppressive authority of Christianity but the transcendentalists gain knowledge of God through reason.


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