Some of our most important/fascinating words are created by means of the negative prefix. For instance, "ab-solute," "in-dependent," "no-thingness," "in-finite," "un-conditioned," "e-ternal," etc.
Related to this is the use of the prefix "trans," as in "tran(s)-cendent," and "tran(s)-cendental."
Negation seems to work as a sort of distancing.
Is eternity conceivable except as the negation of time? Is infinity conceivable except as the negation of the finite? It seems that negative prefixes help to push us to the limits of thought. The "trans" prefix also does this. To "transcend" is to go beyond. What is "beyond"? In philosophy, I think it has this use.
3.outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past: beyond comprehension; beyond endurance; beyond help.
Any thoughts on this?