Talk:Transcendental Generation

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The article says "this generation included the first children to be protraited (and named at birth) as individuals." I cannot figure out what this sentence means. Can someone translate it into English? Does it mean parents did not give their children individual names before that time? If so, that is certainly false. Does it mean no portraits of individual persons were painted before that time? If so, again, it is obviously false. 22:56 Feb 7, 2003 (UTC)

The old practice was to wait a few days to make sure that the child lived a few days and then bring the child to a church for a christening. The extreme mortality among mnewborn children seemed to abate in the late eighteenth century due in part to the forceps deliveries. Children began to be named soon after birth.-- 03:50, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

It does sound like a literal translation of something out of a book. I can accept that "Transcendental Generation" means something in philosophical terms, but the article as it stands doesn't explain it in a comprehensible manner. Deb 23:05 Feb 7, 2003 (UTC)

The intellectual climate that followed the American and French Revolutions was much more open to inquiry on scientific, philosophical, religious, and political beliefs. The industrial revolution began to take off, smashing the old primacy of landed elites in dominance of society. Culture and thought opened up, and although all generations alive in the early 19th century were able to participate in the increased freedom, but the contemporaries of the American Republicans and Compromise generations still had thought patterns from the old era.

Transcendental itself implies "climbing beyond", and Transcendentals made as strong a break with traditions and fashions as did any prior -- or perhaps later -- generation. They include an incredible variety of novelists who started to examine human nature and established romanticism as the norm in art and music. They were the first to make a powerful challenge to capitalism itself (Marx), the first effective anti-slavery crusaders and fenminists, and the founders of at least one major religion (Mormonism). Their best-known scientific mind, Charles Darwin, established the common origin of all animal life. Tellingly, they are the ones who abandoned the powder wig.-- 03:50, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

A search on Google reveals that parts of this article are verbatim identical to part of another web page, not on Wikipedia. What is the copyright situation? Michael Hardy 01:24 Feb 9, 2003 (UTC)

Currently this page links to Southrons, a fictional group of characters from Tolkien's works. This obviously is not the intended reference. Does anyone know what it should be? Carruthers 22:52, 19 May 2004 (UTC)

It is mentioned that Karl Marx was somehow envolved with the Transcendental movement. Howso? User: The Individual, 29/IV/05


Am I the only one who sees that this article is strong in being pretentious and weak in content and explanation? -- Zz 18:46, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Pure garbage. ALL Strauss and Howe pages need to be merged into ONE. They are pop authors, with no backing in academia, and they are promoting their own consulting business. This page needs to be deleted.--Dylanfly 16:11, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

That's a weird place on wikipedia right here, not even sexual position articles were as odd — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:46, 2 July 2018 (UTC)