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George Pattison

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588688.001.0001

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(p.238) 6 Embodiment
God and Being

George Pattison (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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