• Honors 240: How Religion Makes Bodies: Saints, Cyborgs, Monsters

    Author(s):
    John W. Borchert (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Philosophy of Religion, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Embodiment, Posthumanism, Religion, Technology
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    cyborgs, monsters, religion and tech
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6XW47V8Z
    Abstract:
    What can a body do? is a central question to religious thinking: What does it mean to be human? To be non-human? What is a human body? Where are its limits? What can a religious body do differently? This question of the body is one way to begin an inquiry into what it means to be human, and religion is one way to think about the limits of embodiment. For example, how is the body of a monk who meditates and eats very little shaped differently than the body of a yogi? How is a Muslim female body seen differently than my male body? This course will use fiction, e.g. Frankenstein, film, and philosophy to look through historical, theological, anthropological, scientific, and literary lenses as it raises questions about human embodiment in relation to religious ideas and practices.
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