Immanence and Transcendence
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1. The Terms

In antiquity the terms “immanence” and “transcendence” (from Lat. immaneo, “remain in place,” and transcendo, “step over, pass over or beyond”) do not occur in their later metaphoric sense as substantive constructions for an all-encompassing relationship or for that to which the notion of “passing over or beyond” is referring. The metaphoric meanings seem to occur for the first time in the work of Duns Scotus (ca. 1265–1308) and William of O…

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Hanreich, Herbert, “Immanence and Transcendence”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I75>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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