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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844 Volume 23, Number 3 Author: Various Editor: Lewis Gaylord Clark Release Date: January 25, 2007 [EBook #20444] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK KNICKERBOCKER *** Produced by Barbara Tozier, Bill Tozier and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net T H E VOL.
XXIII. K N I C K E R B O C K E R. MARCH, 1844. NO.
3. WHAT IS TRANSCENDENTALISM? BY A THINKING MAN. This question has often been asked but seldom answered satisfactorily. Newspaper editors and correspondents have frequently attempted a practical elucidation of the mystery, by quoting from their own brains the rarest piece of absurdity which they could imagine, and entitling it ’Transcendentalism.’ One good hit of this kind may be well enough, by way of satire upon the fogginess of certain writers who deem themselves, and are deemed by the multitude, transcendental _par excellence_.
COLERIDGE however thought that to parody stupidity by way of ridiculing it, only proves the parodist more stupid than the original blockhead.
Still, one such attempt may be tolerated; but when imitators of the parodist arise and fill almost every newspaper in the country with similar witticisms, such efforts become ’flat and unprofitable;’ for nothing is easier than to put words together in a form which conveys no meaning to the reader.
It is a cheap kind of wit, asinine rather than attic, and can be exercised as well by those who know nothing of the subject as by those best acquainted with it.
Indeed, it is...





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