The Metaphysics of the Body

Graham Ward

in Apophatic Bodies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230815
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235087 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

The Metaphysics of the Body

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This chapter moves toward the construction of a metaphysics of the body. It embarks on such a venture rejecting the dualism of physical and metaphysical, materiality and spirituality, nature and culture. What it means by metaphysical with respect to the body is the system of values pertaining to embodiment through which embodiment is viewed, shaped, and performed. These are moral values such as goodness, social values such as justice, aesthetic values such as beauty, and claims to truth or the way things are. There is no materiality as such, then; materiality is always imbricated in conceptual evaluations. That does not mean that there is no difference between matter and thought, only that they cannot be separated in any inquiry into either. As Judith Butler pointed out a number of years ago now, “matter matters”.

Keywords: metaphysics; body; physical; materiality; spirituality; nature; culture; values; embodiment; matter

Chapter.  10090 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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