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Title: Religion and bodily knowledge : Adorno, Derrida, and the late modern truth of religion in a northern town
Author: Watts, Sylvia
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 8201
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2009
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This project considers the possibility of the truth of religion in late modernity by examining the difficulties in understanding the nature of both religious and bodily knowledge because of the continued primacy of intellectual knowledge in Western thought. It looks at the ways in which the body and its knowledge have been represented in the West in Christian thought and practice and in theory, and the models of the body and self which these ideas have produced. It concludes that models which acknowledge the malleability within limits of the human body and the lack of unity of the self more usefully represent the nature of our relationship with the world and our understanding of it than some of the stereotypes of social theory, and that this implies both the necessarily dangerous nature of human knowledge and that reality as a whole might include features which have been dismissed as superstitious by a purely intellectual model of reason.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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