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Meaning in Our BodiesSensory Experience as Constructive Theological Imagination$
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Heike Peckruhn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190280925.001.0001

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Situating Feminist Theologies Phenomenologically

Situating Feminist Theologies Phenomenologically

(p.28) Chapter Two Situating Feminist Theologies Phenomenologically
Meaning in Our Bodies

Heike Peckruhn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 investigates the manner in which feminist theologies employ experience as a source for theology, particularly sensory experience. It highlights scholarly work that seeks to overcome body-mind dualisms by appealing to perception and analyzes where and how these attempts fall short. Perception in the theological works surveyed is either conceived in an empiricist or intellectualist fashion, which upholds the very body-mind dualism sought to move beyond. The chapter proposes that we are our bodies, and we experience the world as we are in the world through our bodies, as body-subjects. This leaves no room for an ontological separation of the subject “I” and the body of the subject.

Keywords:   feminist theology, phenomenology, empiricism, intellectualism, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marcella Althaus-Reid, Carter Heyward

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