In this essay I argue that the notion of religious transcendence was a latecomer in human evolution. It did not appear before the Axial Age, and in its extreme form as a realm of ultimate meanings beyond human reach it had only a locally and temporally bounded existence. Once it appeared, however, the idea of religious transcendence set an evolutionary dynamic in motion, which soon led to various forms of "immanent transcendence," starting from the "Papal Revolution" and continuing with the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Kantian notion of the transcendental and its Hegelian and Habermasian modifications. In my conclusion I briefly discuss two alternative versions of modern immanent transcendence - cognitive and exemplary - and their consequences for political philosophy.

Ferrara, A. (2015). Varieties of transcendence and their consequences for political philosophy. THE EUROPEAN LEGACY, TOWARD NEW PARADIGMS, 20(2), 109-119 [10.1080/10848770.2015.1006925].

Varieties of transcendence and their consequences for political philosophy

Alessandro Ferrara
2015

Abstract

In this essay I argue that the notion of religious transcendence was a latecomer in human evolution. It did not appear before the Axial Age, and in its extreme form as a realm of ultimate meanings beyond human reach it had only a locally and temporally bounded existence. Once it appeared, however, the idea of religious transcendence set an evolutionary dynamic in motion, which soon led to various forms of "immanent transcendence," starting from the "Papal Revolution" and continuing with the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Kantian notion of the transcendental and its Hegelian and Habermasian modifications. In my conclusion I briefly discuss two alternative versions of modern immanent transcendence - cognitive and exemplary - and their consequences for political philosophy.
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Settore SPS/01 - Filosofia Politica
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Ferrara, A. (2015). Varieties of transcendence and their consequences for political philosophy. THE EUROPEAN LEGACY, TOWARD NEW PARADIGMS, 20(2), 109-119 [10.1080/10848770.2015.1006925].
Ferrara, A
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