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The Body Unbound: Philosophical Perspectives on Politics, Embodiment and Religion

Edited book
Authors Ola Sigurdson
Marius Timmann Mjaaland
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir
ISBN 978-1-4438-1984-8
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Place of publication Cambridge
Publication year 2010
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Language en
Subject categories Practical philosophy, Faith and reason, Philosophy of religion

Abstract

A philosophical inquiry into politics, embodiment and religion takes us straight to some of contemporary culture’s most notorious issues: suicide bombing, the veiled and the exposed body, and present-day biopolitics. Interpretations of the body have always been contested, both in the history of philosophy and in the history of religions. On the one hand, the body has been perceived as a prison, binding the soul to transience, darkness, and confusion. Yet on the other hand, it has itself been controlled and disciplined by reason and will, law and culture. The ten contributors to The Body Unbound suggest that inquiries into the nature of human embodiment must take into account both context and history in order to scrutinize them and to uncover resources for unbinding a body which has been doubly bound.

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