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Transcendence and Immanence
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[German Version]

I. Natural Sciences

The natural sciences themselves do not work with a concept of transcendence as the opposite of nature. They consider “nature” or the “cosmos” (Cosmology) the totality of reality.


Nevertheless the natural sciences are based on a finitized epistemology. Kurt Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem of 1931 demonstrated that it is impossible in principle to prove within a formal system bo…

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Gregersen, Niels Henrik, Figl, Johann, Steinmann, Michael and Danz, Christian, “Transcendence and Immanence”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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