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Michelle Voss Roberts
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC 27109-6000)

Re-visioning Theological Conceptions of the Human

Summer research and writing on Comparative and General Religion.

What is a human being? Dualistic body-soul anthropologies have reigned since Plato and Aristotle. Humanities scholars have attempted to repair these schemes and appreciate embodied differences, but they have seldom drawn upon alternative conceptions of the human. This project looks to the Indian philosopher Abhinavagupta, who imagines thirty-six "body parts" ranging from physical elements to the highest unity of consciousness. This exercise in intercultural theory addresses the shortcomings and exclusions of the body-soul paradigm by naming denigrated parts, including the elements, organs of sense and action, and even limitations, as integral to a contemporary view of humanity.

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Project fields:
Comparative Religion; Religion, General

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015