The transcendentalist movement originated in New England during the mid 18th century. Best represented by American authors Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American transcendentalists believed that true enlightenment and intelligence could be found through communion with nature and deep spiritual meditation. The transcendentalists placed their emphasis on thought and the inexplicable internal life rather than logical reasoning, science, and material items.
The timeline below shows where the term Transcendentalism appears in The Shallows. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Carr turns his attention to the difference between two different philosophies about knowledge and enlightenment. Transcendentalism, as represented by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson, proclaims that enlightenment is the result... (full context)
...brings the final chapter of The Shallows to a close with a callback to the Transcendentalist movement, this time using a scientific study that supports Transcendentalist ideas. In 2008, a team... (full context)