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The term “transcendence” (from the Latin transcendere, “to surmount”; “to rise above”) is invariably associated with its antithesis, immanence (from the Latin immanere, “to dwell [with]in,” first attested as Middle Latin immanentia). Transcendence means the escaping beyond a boundary, and immanence the opposite. These are thus two anthropological constants. Individuals are capable…

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Christophersen, Alf, “Transcendence/immanence”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029025>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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