immanence ĭm´ənəns [key] [Lat.,=dwelling in], in metaphysics, the presence within the natural world of a spiritual or cosmic principle, especially of the Deity. It is contrasted with transcendence. The immanence of God in the world is the basic feature of pantheism . Among the most important philosophies using the concept of immanence are Stoicism and the systems of Giordano Bruno and Spinoza . In general, the great monotheistic religions have held that God is both immanent and transcendent, although individual thinkers have tended to emphasize one or the other aspect.
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