Best Transcendentalism Philosophy Books

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1. Walden and Civil Disobedience

Author: by Henry David Thoreau
Published at: Signet; Reissue edition (July 3, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0451532169

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Henry David Thoreau reflects on life, politics, and society in these two inspiring masterworks: Walden and Civil Disobedience. In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature.

In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the world of men can truly awaken the sleeping self. Thoreau holds fast to the notion that you have not truly existed until you adopt such a lifestyleand only then can you reenter society, as an enlightened being.

These simple but profound musingsas well as Civil Disobedience, his protest against the government’s interference with civil libertyhave inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism and love of nature. More than a century and a half later, his message is more timely than ever.

With an Introduction by W.S. Merwin and an Afterword by Will Howarth

2. Leaves of Grass (Leather-bound Classics)

Author: by Walt Whitman
Published at: Canterbury Classics; Illustrated edition (October 2, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1684125555

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A timeless collection of hundreds of poems that resonate to the American spirit. Leaves of Grass is a timeless collection of poems and essays penned by influential nineteenth-century writer Walt Whitman. This profound compilation explores topics such as nature, mysticism, mortality, transcendentalism, and democracy.

Inspired by personal experiences and observations, Whitman spent almost four decades piecing together the complete work, sharing societal ideals and epiphanies about life that still resonate with readers today. This sturdy leather-bound edition of the complete Leaves of Grass also includes Whitman’s preface to the original 1855 edition, in which he expounds on his personal philosophy of writing poetry.

3. Nature and Selected Essays (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published at: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (May 27, 2003)
ISBN: 978-0142437629

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An indispensible look at Emerson’s influential life philosophyThrough his writing and his own personal philosophy, Ralph Waldo Emerson unburdened his young country of Europe’s traditional sense of history and showed Americans how to be creators of their own circumstances. His mandate, which called for harmony with, rather than domestication of, nature, and for a reliance on individual integrity, rather than on materialistic institutions, is echoed in many of the great American philosophical and literary works of his time and ours, and has given an impetus to modern political and social activism.

Larzer Ziff’s introduction to this collection of fifteen of Emerson’s most significant writings provides the important backdrop to the society in which Emerson lived during his formative years. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

4. Every Day Spirit: A Daybook of Wisdom, Joy and Peace

Author: by Mary Davis
Published at: Rich River Publishing Company (December 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0999504604

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In this uplifting and transformational book, spiritual teacher Mary Davis shares daily reflections, inspiring quotes, practices, prayers and meditations that fill your heart with encouragement, joy and inner peace. With a page for each day of the year, this exquisite book will become a companion and a wise teacher that takes you on a spiritual journey of finding joy and gratitude in simple things, peace and comfort even in the midst of chaos, and a deeper love for others through kindness, compassion and service.

Written during a year of solitude in the isolation of a cabin, Mary’s poetic gift with words, loving guidance, humor and heart will feed your soul and have you looking forward to each day’s reading. Every Day Spirit is packed with spiritual wisdom, making it a road map to a more meaningful and fulfilling life and a reminder to slow down and notice the blessings.

It’s the perfect gift for yourself… And anyone in need of inspiration, hope, comfort and wisdom.

5. Process and Reality (Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Edinburgh During the Session 1927-28)

Author: by Alfred North Whitehead
Published at: Free Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 1979)
ISBN: 978-0029345702

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One of the major philosophical texts of the 20th century, Process and Reality is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s influential lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in the 1920s on process philosophy. Whitehead’s master work in philsophy, Process and Reality propounds a system of speculative philosophy, known as process philosophy, in which the various elements of reality into a consistent relation to each other.

It is also an exploration of some of the preeminent thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Descartes, Newton, Locke, and Kant. The ultimate edition of Whitehead’s magnum opus, Process and Reality is a standard reference for scholars of all backgrounds.

6. Emerson: Essays and Lectures: Nature: Addresses and Lectures / Essays: First and Second Series / Representative Men / English Traits / The Conduct of Life (Library of America)

Author: by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published at: Library of America (November 15, 1983)
ISBN: 978-0940450158

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Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life. Even as he extols what he called the great and crescive self, he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes. Here are all the indispensable and most renowned works, including The American Scholar (our intellectual Declaration of Independence, as Oliver Wendell Holmes called it), The Divinity School Address, considered atheistic by many of his listeners, the summons to Self-Reliance, along with the more embattled realizations of Circles and, especially, Experience.

Here, too, are his wide-ranging portraits of Montaigne, Shakespeare, and other representative men, and his astute observations on the habits, lives, and prospects of the English and American people. This volume includes Emerson’s well-known Nature; Addresses, and Lectures (1849), his Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), plus Representative Men (1850), English Traits (1856), and his later book of essays, The Conduct of Life (1860).

7. The Unbound Soul: A Visionary Guide to Spiritual Transformation and Enlightenment

Author: by Richard L Haight
Published at: Shinkaikan Body, Mind, Spirit LLC (February 18, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0999210024

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“One of the best Consciousness books of all time” – BookAuthority2019 Gold Winner of the Reader’s Favorite Awards and bestseller in multiple spirituality/self-help categories, The Unbound Soul is a fresh, highly acclaimed spiritual guide that tells of one man’s struggle to free his soul while guiding the reader to their own inner freedom.

“I can’t remember a more transformative book” The Unbound Soul is a memoir that tells the true story of a young boy, who in the midst of a vision, dedicates his life to spiritual awakening. As he matures, this promise leads him across the globe, gathering ancient knowledge and mastering martial, healing, and meditation arts.

Along the way, subsequent visions reveal the rapidly approaching collapse that will shake our societies, our economic system, and the earth’s ecology to the very core. Tormented by visions of coming worldwide calamity, Haight presses ever onward in his search and eventually realizes the elusive truth hinted at in his childhood vision.

8. Silence: In the Age of Noise

Author: by Erling Kagge
Published at: Vintage; Illustrated edition (December 4, 2018)
ISBN: 978-0525563648

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What is silence?Where can it be found? Why is it now more important than ever? In this astonishing and transformative meditation, Erling Kagge, famed Norwegian explorer and the first person to reach the South Pole alone, explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create.

By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to our sanity and happinessand how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.

9. Nature and Other Essays

Author: by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published at: Gibbs Smith (August 20, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1423652694

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A collection of essays from the father of the American transcendentalism, including Nature, Self-Reliance, Love, and Art. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous essay Nature declared that understanding nature was the key to understanding God and reality, and laid the groundwork for transcendentalism.

His legacy of boldly questioning the doctrine of his day and connecting with nature will resonate with today’s readers in search of meaning and enlightenment. Essays include Nature (1836) and Emerson’s first series, published in 1841: History, Self-Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Over-Soul, Circles, Intellect, and Art.

Nature and Other Essays joins Gibbs Smith’s best-selling Wilderness series. Standing beside the works of his protge Henry David Thoreau, as well as John Muir, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Jack London, these essays are reissued to encourage and inspire philosophers, travelers, campers, and contemporary naturalists.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803April 27, 1882) was a famous lecturer, philosopher, poet, and writer. He led the transcendentalist movement of the 1800s, mentored Henry David Thoreau, and was a pioneer of multiculturalism in American writing.

10. Infinite Potential: The Greatest Works of Neville Goddard

Author: by Neville Goddard
Published at: St. Martin's Essentials (October 22, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1250319302

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A spiritually transformative collection of Neville Goddard’s worksincluding never-before-published material Neville Goddard, most often known simply as Neville, is one of the most powerful writers in the realm of mystical spirituality. Unknown during his lifetime, his work has grown increasingly popular, and his writings have influenced the likes of Rhonda Byrne, Carlos Castaneda, Joseph Murphy, and Wayne Dyer.

The founding principle of Neville’s work was stunning in its simplicityYour imagination is God. This message of empowerment has resonated with countless readers, urging them to fearlessly explore their own potential in a new way. Compiled and introduced by PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz, Infinite Potential is a curated compendium of Neville’s work, including the complete text of his first book, At Your Command, along with rare pamphlets, transcriptions and three never-before anthologized pieces from the great writer.

Horowitz is the leading expert on Neville and his teachings, and his introduction frames Neville’s work in both a historical and modern-day context, offering a complete timeline of the writer’s somewhat mysterious life. Infinite Potential is an accessible and profound anthology from one of the greatest spiritual minds of the 20th century.

11. Leaves of Grass: Selected Poems

Author: by Walt Whitman

Published at: Macmillan Collector's Library (February 5, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1509887187

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Leaves of Grass is Walt Whitman’s glorious poetry collection, first published in 1855, which he revised and expanded throughout his lifetime. It was ground-breaking in its subject matter and in its direct, unembellished style. Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers.

These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited and introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Whitman wrote about the United States and its people, its revolutionary spirit and about democracy. He wrote openly about the body and about desire in a way that completely broke with convention and which paved the way for a completely new kind of poetry.

This new collection is taken from the final version, the Deathbed edition, and it includes his most famous poems such as Song of Myself’ and I Sing the Body Electric’.

12. Henry David Thoreau : A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Walden; Or, Life in the Woods / The Maine Woods / Cape Cod (Library of America)

Author: by Henry David Thoreau
Published at: Library of America (September 15, 1985)
ISBN: 978-0940450271

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This Library of America edition collects for the first time in one volume the four full-length works in which Henry David Thoreau combined his poetic sensibility, classical learning, philosophical austerity, and Yankee love of practical detail into literary masterpieces on humanity’s communion with nature.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers is based on a boat trip Thoreau took with his brother in 1839 from Concord, Massachusetts, to Concord, New Hampshire. Ten years in the writing (it was the book he retired to Walden to work on) and incorporating essays, passages from his journal, and some of his best poems, it is a superbly crafted achievement, its texture enriched by the idealism of the Transcendentalists, the delighted wordplay of an imaginative linguist, the individualism of a young America, and the earthiness of a lover of nature.

Walden is a personal declaration of independence, a social experiment, and a voyage of spiritual discovery, set within the seasonal cycle of a year’s Life in the Woods. Simplify, simplify is the beat of its more distant drummerto abandon waste and illusion, to get to the bottom of life’s essential needs, and to practice a new economy for humane living.

13. Walden and Other Writings (Modern Library of the World's Best Books)

Author: by Henry David Thoreau
Published at: Modern Library (September 5, 1992)
ISBN: 978-0679600046

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With their call for “simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!, for self-honesty, and for harmony with nature, the writings of Henry David Thoreau are perhaps the most influential philosophical works in all American literature. The selections in this volume represent Thoreau at his best.

Included in their entirety are Walden, his indisputable masterpiece, and his two great arguments for nonconformity, Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. A lifetime of brilliant observation of nature-and of himself-is recorded in selections from A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, Cape Cod, The Maine Woods and The Journal.

14. Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice

Author: by John A. Buehrens
Published at: Beacon Press (October 27, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0807002117

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A dramatic retelling of the story of the Transcendentalists, revealing them not as isolated authors but as a community of social activists who shaped progressive American values. Conflagration illuminates the connections between key members of the Transcendentalist circleincluding James Freeman Clarke, Elizabeth Peabody, Caroline Healey Dall, Elizabeth Stanton, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Theodore Parker, and Margaret Fullerwho created a community dedicated to radical social activism.

These authors and activists laid the groundwork for democratic and progressive religion in America. In the tumultuous decades before and immediately after the Civil War, the Transcendentalists changed nineteenth-century America, leading what Theodore Parker called a Second American Revolution. They instigated lasting change in American society, not only through their literary achievements but also through their activism: transcendentalists fought for the abolition of slavery, democratically governed churches, equal rights for women, and against the dehumanizing effects of brutal economic competition and growing social inequality.

15. The American Transcendentalists: Essential Writings (Modern Library Classics)

Author: by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published at: Modern Library; Modern Library edition (January 10, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0812975093

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Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. History, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and the existence of slavery.

Edited by the eminent scholar Lawrence Buell, this comprehensive anthology contains the essential writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and their fellow visionaries. There are also reflections on the movement by Charles Dickens, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

This remarkable volume introduces the radical innovations of a brilliant group of thinkers whose impact on religious thought, social reform, philosophy, and literature continues to reverberate in the twenty-first century.

16. The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Works by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions)

Author: by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Published at: TarcherPerigee; 1st edition (July 31, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1585426423

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This concise volume collects the core writings that have made Ralph Waldo Emerson into a key source of insight for spiritual seekers of every faithwith an introduction by the bestselling philosopher Jacob Needleman. Here is the essential collection of Emerson’s spiritual thought for those readers who understand the transformative quality of ideas.

It is concise and suited to years of rereading and contemplation, offering the essays that trace the arc of the inner message brought by America’s Yankee Mystic. The Spiritual Emerson features many of Emerson’s landmark works. Yet also included are overlooked classics, such as the essays Fate and Success, which served as major sources of inspiration to some of the leading American metaphysical thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The introduction by religious scholar and philosopher Jacob Needleman frameshistorically and philosophicallythe development of Emerson’s thought and explores why it has such a powerful hold on us today.