Original Research - Special Collection: SASRF Creation - Consciousness and Christology

Theology in the flesh – embodied sensing, consciousness and the mapping of the body

Jacob Meiring
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3429 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3429 | © 2016 Jacob Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 April 2016 | Published: 30 September 2016

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Jacob Meiring, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Flowing from his model for a contemporary theological anthropology as embodied sensing, the author focuses on the corporeal-linguistic turn in the 21st century and explores how his use of bodymapping, as an applied aspect of theological anthropology within the context of narrative therapy, intersects with the work of the neuro-scientist, Antonio Damasio on consciousness, and specifically his research on how the brain constantly maps the body in the brain. The author also explores the notion of sensing in the latest book of the Irish philosopher Richard Kearney and based on this, expands his model for theological anthropology to the embodied sensing of meaning.


theological anthropology; embodied sensing of meaning; corporeal-linguistic turn; consciousness; Antonio Damasio; Richard Kearney


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