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31 In its classical meaning transcendence opposes immanence and means 'going beyond.' But in 'going beyond' Marcel distinguishes two types of understanding of transcendence: horizontal and vertical.
The horizontal under-standing of transcendence means 'going beyond' in spatio-temporal reality in the order of becoming. The vertical understanding of transcendence means 'going beyond,' not in becoming but of being, and consists in an authentic change in man, which is directed toward the universal. This universal is not an abstraction, but rather a "polyphonic" universality which consists in harmoniously functioning parts. Transcendence means participation of being with the Absolute Thou in which man's existence can be completed. 32 The need for Transcendence, according to Marcel, arises out of dissatisfaction. 27. Cf., Gabriel Marcel, Man Against Mass Society, p. 19. 32. Gabriel Marcel, The Mystery of Being (Chicago: Gateway, 1960), vol. 1, p. 53.

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