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Beyond the Centaur: Imagining the Intelligent Body

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Beyond the Centaur questions the accuracy and usefulness of the virtually unquestioned ancient consensus that persons are composed of unequally valued, hierarchically stacked antagonistic components, usually soul or mind and body. Part I explores the gradual historical development of this notion of person. Part II consists of a thought experiment, examining an understanding of persons, not as stacked components, but as intelligent bodies—one entity. It explores how a new understanding of persons can affect in ...

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Overview

Beyond the Centaur questions the accuracy and usefulness of the virtually unquestioned ancient consensus that persons are composed of unequally valued, hierarchically stacked antagonistic components, usually soul or mind and body. Part I explores the gradual historical development of this notion of person. Part II consists of a thought experiment, examining an understanding of persons, not as stacked components, but as intelligent bodies—one entity. It explores how a new understanding of persons can affect in important and fruitful ways how we live: how we move, feel, think, believe, and die.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781625644206
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2014
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She was formerly Bussy Professor of Theology at The Harvard Divinity School (1978-1996).

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