Immanence–Transcendence and the Godly in a Secular Age


  • Traill Dowie La trobe Uni, ikon institute
  • Julien Tempone-Wiltshire


immanence transcendence, Charles taylor, Hegel, Pantheism, Panentheism, Transcendence


The terms immanence and transcendence have played a significant role in philosophical thought since its inception. Implicit in the notions of immanence and transcendence, as typified within the history of ideas, is often a separation and division between the human and the godly. This division has served to generate ontologies of isolation and set up epistemologies that can be both binary and divided. The terms immanence and transcendence thus sit at the heart of contemporary onto-epistemic accounts of the world. As such, in seeking to examine the nature of what is, this paper traces a line through the history of ideas in an attempt to clarify the connections and dissonances in the notions of immanence and transcendence. This is done for the purpose of demonstrating what philosophical and religious accounts may offer in attempting to create a sound account of the godly and thus the world in a secular age.


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How to Cite

Dowie, T., & Tempone-Wiltshire, J. . (2022). Immanence–Transcendence and the Godly in a Secular Age. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 18(2), 353–368. Retrieved from