Transcendence and immanence have enjoyed a long history of conceptual analysis in Western philosophy. This edited volume is unique because it focuses on specifically intercultural aspects of transcendence and immanence. Chinese philosophy has often been characterized as particularly immanent type of philosophy. This has led to significant intercultural debates about how Western scholarship, often saturated by concepts of transcendence, influences and arguably misinterprets Chinese texts and traditions. Part of this volume is devoted to detailed discussions from some of the leading sinologists and intercultural philosophers in the world today, who, in various ways, argue for and against the priority of immanence in Chinese philosophy. The second part of this volume is devoted to boarder intercultural debates surrounding transcendence and immanence, including discussions of apophasis, critical theory, post-secular conceptions of society, phenomenological approaches to transcendence, possible-world debates, as well as questions of practice and application. This volume has evolved out of an initial conference on transcendence and immanence in intercultural philosophy.
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.