The debate on the possibility of re-thinking transcendence at the so-called end or closure of the metaphysical tradition, and its relation to the political, is situated at the heart of contemporary continental philosophy of religion. This article engages the debate by reviewing what is to be thought or anticipated at the closure. Firstly, the problem of engaging with transcendence at the closure of metaphysics is outlined as a discussion on what is possibly meant by the end of transcendence and onto-theology. Subsequently, the question concerning the political and its inseparable relation to transcendence is sketched and denoted by the phrase the political/transcendence. Secondly, Levinas and Nancy’s respective attempts at addressing the problem is explored in the form of a debate, with the outcome of suggesting a possible gesture in Nancy’s reconception of transcendence as transimmanence found in his notion of the promise of love, on how to anticipate rather than what to anticipate in these end times.
- transcendence; the political; eschatology; transimmanence; onto-theology; Jean-Luc Nancy; Emmanuel Levinas; Martin Heidegger
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