The Reality of Transcendence

Robert M. Torrance

in The Spiritual Quest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780520081321
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520920163 | DOI:
The Reality of Transcendence

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This chapter argues that one should locate the reality of visions in an autonomous world of cultural or psychic forms rather than in a continually changing relation between the vision and the envisioning subject. This conception concurs far more closely than purely sociological or psychological conceptions with Charles Sanders Peirce's or Karl Popper's view of inquiry itself as the quest for knowledge of a relational or potential third modality of being engendered by transcendence. The spiritual quest, as a continual interrelation between the individual and a larger reality in which she transcends her personal existence, “transcends” not by leaving it behind for some separate realm of existence, but by realization of its enlarging and transformative potentiality, and is no less characteristic of tribal visionary experience than of scientific inquiry, or any creative endeavor.

Keywords: vision; conceptions; Charles Sanders Peirce; Karl Popper; quest; knowledge; modality; transcendence; existence; inquiry

Chapter.  7882 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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