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Transcendence, Immanence, and Intercultural Philosophy

  • Nahum Brown
  • William Franke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Debate: Methodological Position Statements

  3. Critical Reflections on Traditions of Transcendence

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-327

About this book


This book presents detailed discussions from leading intercultural philosophers, arguing for and against the priority of immanence in Chinese thought and the validity of Western interpretations that attempt to import conceptions of transcendence. The authors pay close attention to contemporary debates generated from critical analysis of transcendence and immanence, including discussions of apophasis, critical theory, post-secular conceptions of society, phenomenological approaches to transcendence, possible-world models, and questions of practice and application. This book aims to explore alternative conceptions of transcendence that either call the tradition in the West into question, or discover from within Western metaphysics a thoroughly dialectical way of thinking about immanence and transcendence.


transcendence immanence intercultural philosophy philosophy ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Nahum Brown
    • 1
  • William Franke
    • 2
  1. 1.The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongChina
  2. 2.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

About the editors

Nahum Brown is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme at the University of Macau, China. His current research focuses on historical and contemporary philosophies of possibility, and he is also interested in alternative conceptions to the law of non-contradiction, especially in Hegel and Deleuze.

William Franke is Professor of Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University, USA, and from 2013 to 2016 Professor of Philosophy, as well as program head of Philosophy and Religious Studies, at the University of Macao, China. He is a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, a senior fellow of the International Institute for Hermeneutics, and has been Fullbright-University of Salzburg Distinguished Chair in Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religions.

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