A literary and philosophical perspective and movement in America whose cornerstone beliefs are as follows:
Human senses are limited; they convey knowledge of the physical world, but deeper truths can be grasped only through intuition.
The observation of nature illuminates the nature of human beings.
God, nature, and humanity are united in a shared universal soul, or Over-Soul.
The two most prominent authors were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Their ideas also included non-violent protest and equality for all people.