Other German transcendentalists, with whom Emerson is closer in his thinking, expand Kant's reasoning.They argue that simply because we cannot perceive something does not mean that it does not exist.
Our entire lives are spent trying to perfect ourselves and our environment in hopes of attaining an ideal existence.
Emerson maintains that the soul exists, but he admits that he cannot define what this soul is, other than acknowledging when he senses it in himself or in another person.
British romanticism also influenced Emerson and transcendentalism.
In conclusion, a transcendentalism person, lived his life without thinking, and being alone. They go beyond, go above the senses, to rise above.
Never a truly organized body of thought, and characterized by defects as well as inspirational ideals, transcendentalism became one of the most subtly influential trends in nineteenth-century America.