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The Body Unbound

Philosophical Perspectives on Politics, Embodiment and Religion

Editor(s): Marius Timmann Mjaaland, Ola Sigurdson and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

Book Description

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.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1984-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1984-0
Date of Publication: 01/05/2010
Pages / Size: 205 / A5
Price: £39.99


Marius Timmann Mjaaland is President of the Nordic Society for Philosophy of Religion and Researcher in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Ola Sigurdson is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Head of the multidisciplinary research program “Religion, Culture, and Health”, and the author of more than fifteen books in philosophy and theology.

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir is Professor of Philosophy and Chairperson of the Board of the EDDA Center of Excellence at the University of Iceland.