Another World… Inside This One

Wilderness, Eternity, and American Continental Philosophy

  • Brian Treanor Loyola Marymount University


Continental philosophy has long been concerned with the question of transcendence, a fact attributable in part to the historical significance of phenomenology and the legacy of debates surrounding transcendental idealism, the epoche, the status of the world and of other people, and, at least for some philosophers, the question of God. The question takes different forms in Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Levinas, Derrida, Marion, and others working in this tradition, but it remains an abiding concern for each of them. Over time the persistence of this issue has formed a body of work that constitutes a kind of center of gravity—one among several—that characterizes continental thinking.

Keywords:  Immanence, transcendence, wilderness, abstraction, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Bugbee, Annie Dillard

How to Cite
TREANOR, Brian. Another World… Inside This One. Diakrisis Yearbook of Theology and Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 1, p. 111-130, may 2018. ISSN 2601-7415. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 may 2020. doi: