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Immanence, philosophy: A set of statements is immanent if it respects the concepts and the subject domain as well as the usage rules of the concepts of a theory. Possible extensions of the subject domain, the terms and their application rules are the subject of a discussion, which in turn takes place within the theory. Antonym Transcendence. See also Extension, Introduction.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Postmodernism on Immanence - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 49
Immanence/Postmodernism/Bennett: (...) postmodern theory that does not seek to be post-metaphysical pursues a metaphysics of immanence, an onto-story where there is nothing outside of the immensely complex, wondrously diverse, and never fully manifest material world.
In the two-world metaphysics of Plato, Augustine, and Kant, immanence is conceived as immanent to something transcendent that is given moral or conceptual primacy (Berg-Sorensen, 2001(1)).
, >Augustine, >I. Kant.
The goal of the postmodern metaphysicians, in contrast, is to think immanence without reintroducing transcendence, to narrate what Giorgio Agamben calls ‘the vertigo in which outside and inside, immanence and transcendence, are absolutely indistinguishable’ (1999(2): 238–9). The ‘outside’ is pictured as an evanescent field (of difference, the virtual, etc.) that is nevertheless not ‘transcendent’ because it is always already folding into the immanent realm of discrete entities. It is a constitutive outside.
>G. Agamben, >Exterior/Interior.

1. Berg-Sorensen, Anders (2001) ‘Paradiso–diaspora: political theologies or critiques of religion’. PhD dissertation, University of Copenhagen.
2. Agamben, Giorgio (1999) ‘Absolute immanence’. In Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Jane Bennett, 2004. „Postmodern Approaches to Political Theory“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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