Chapter

Embodiment

George Pattison

in God and Being

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588688
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723339 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.003.0007
Embodiment

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Love seeks emobodiment, but this is not to be understood in the sense of explaining mental life as a mere epiphenomenon of physiological states. Rather, the body is construed as the body of lived experience as interpreted by, e.g., Merleau-Ponty. This interpretation affirms—or at least, leaves open—the possibility of an experience of transcendence towards God in the heart of embodied life itself. The phenomena of trembling and weeping are used to exemplify how such an interpretation might proceed. The question of Being is thus seen to become a matter of the stake we place on our own embodied life in the world and, it is argued, this also provides the measure for whatever level of Being we attribute to God: to affirm God as Being is to affirm the seriousness of our stake in our own dealings with God.

Keywords: embodiment; transcendence; trembling; weeping; Being; God

Chapter.  20104 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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