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FONTANILLE, Jacques. Immanence: strategy of humanism?. Tóp. Sem [online]. 2015, n.33, pp.291-331. ISSN 2594-0619.

For semioticians, immanence is only a theoretical position and a methodological choice. But in many domains of knowledge, culture and social life, and in many times in the history of philosophical, religious and scientific ideas, immanence has provoked debates of a great magnitude, which form the substance of our discussion: this notion seems to have a great polemic strength that make us think about other issues than mere theoretical positioning. In each of these fields of knowledge, and at each of these periods of the history of ideas, the posture of immanence implies ruptures, strategic decisions and axiological choices. In this respect, we may observe that in every field of knowledge or social and cultural life in which it operates, immanence is a very argumentative and sociopolitical strategy which challenges habits of thought, traditions and authorities, reasoning taken for granted, and, for this reason, has to face other strategies, including those of transcendence. This strategy proceeds by defining first the scope and boundaries of its domain, it choices then a "man height" point of view, it redefines all forms of causalities as internal dependencies and searches the consistency of a whole which is its object. During the confrontation with other strategies, such as those of transcen­dence, it does not only set up a way of thinking and reasoning, but it guides also a way of doing and being in the world. Immanence strategies have concrete implications in the ways of believing and praying, in the ways of conceiving political organizations and in the ways of doing science and conceiving their objects: it shows as well, including in the linguistic and semiotic field, most of the properties of a form of living.

Keywords : immanence; history of ideas; strategy; form of living.

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