Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/body Debate

by Marc Cortez

Part of the T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology Series

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/body Debate Synopsis

The book explores the relationship between Christology and theological anthropology through the lens provided by the theology of Karl Barth and the mind/body discussion in contemporary philosophy of mind. It thus comprises two major sections. The first develops an understanding of Karl Barth's theological anthropology focusing on three major facets: the centrality of Jesus Christ for any real understanding of human persons; the resources that such a christologically determined view of human nature has for engaging in interdisciplinary discourse; and the ontological implications of this approach for understanding the mind/body relationship.The second part draws on this theological foundation to consider the implications that Christological anthropology has for analyzing and assessing several prominent ways of explaining the mind/body relationship.Specifically, it interacts with two broad categories of theories: 'nonreductive' forms of physicalism and 'holistic' forms of dualism. After providing a basic summary of each, the book applies the insights gained from Barth's anthropology to ascertain the extent to which the two approaches may be considered christologically adequate. T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology is a series of high profile monographs in the field of Christian doctrine, with a particular focus on constructive engagement with topics in systematic theology through historical analysis or contemporary restatement.

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/body Debate Press Reviews

'This is a very competent, well-constructed work which offers an extended engagement with the theological anthropology of Karl Barth, as set out in Church Dogmatics III and a wide selection of contemporary literature on the relation between the mind and the body. In clarity and tightness of argument, thoroughness, conceptual skill and theological sensitivity, it is a superior book which takes debate about Barth's anthropology in a significant fresh direction.' John Webster, University of Aberdeen, UK.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567033680
Publication date: 18th September 2008
Author: Marc Cortez
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Christian theology,

About Marc Cortez

Marc Cortez (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Assitant Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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