Transcendence and Immanence

Coming of Age in Philosophy
  • Claire Colebrook


Transcendence might appear to be the most philosophical of issues. Critical approaches to philosophy have taken this to be the case. How is it that thought goes beyond itself, and how do we establish legitimate ways of relating to that which transcends thought’s own acts? Before defending transcendence as ethics, this essay will consider two of the most profound late twentieth-century arguments that urge us to free ourselves from the burden of transcendence: Gilles Deleuze’s ethics of “impersonal and pre-individual” singularities (The Logic of Sense 145) and Michel Foucault’s call to think “the being of man and the being of language” (The Order of Things 338).


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