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The philosophical concept of an ultimate origin that is separated by an ontological gap from what it 'causes', 'releases' from itself or brings into being. The antonym of transcendence is the concept of immanence: here the foundational origin is not something separate from the world, but is contained and present within it. The Latin transcendere, transcendens (as an equivalent to ὑπερβάλλειν/hyperbállein, ὑπερέχειν/hyperéchein, ὑπερβολή/hyperbolḗ, ἀνάβασις/anábasis, ἐπέκεινα/epékeina etc.) has been documented since Augustinus (for more on the Greek …

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Szlezák, Thomas A. (Tübingen), “Transcendence”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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