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010101 FS Embodied Ethics. On the Significance of Bodies in Theological-Ethical Reflection (2021S)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German



DO 11.03.2021 18.30-19.15 Digital
FR 14.05.2021 08.45-16.30 Digital
SA 15.05.2021 08.45-12.15 Digital
FR 11.06.2021 08.45-16.30 Digital
SA 12.06.2021 08.45-12.15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Why is moral action absent in many crisis experiences and situations? People adhere to norms and laws for various reasons, but when it comes to obeying commandments, the body rarely seems to obey reason. Embodiment theories look at the body from an analytical perspective. Although they borrow from body phenomenology, they develop it further by giving greater weight to the interactions of reason with the body: What role does our body play in perception, in thinking and in acting? This question is not without consequences for ethical considerations: What significance does the human body have in moral decision-making? How does an ethic embody itself so that it literally becomes flesh and blood? In this seminar we will discuss, using selected examples, which concepts of corporeality and the body were/are present in (theological) ethical discourse and to what extent body discourses are necessary for a practice-relevant ethical theory formation.

Assessment and permitted materials

active participation as well as presentation with handout and written seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

regular and active participation (discussion)
Evaluation: written seminar paper (51%), presentation with handout (30%), active participation (19%)

Examination topics

written seminar paper, presentation with handout

Reading list

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P. BOURDIEU, Die männliche Herrschaft (Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft), 12012.
J. BUTLER, Körper von Gewicht. Die diskursiven Grenzen des Geschlechts (Edition Suhrkamp), 11997.
T. J. CSORDAS, Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropology (Ethos 18, 1990, 5–47).
I. ELLACURÍA, Philosophie der geschichtlichen Realität (50), 2010.
G. ETZELMÜLLER / A. WEISSENRIEDER (Hg.), Verkörperung als Paradigma theologischer Anthropologie (Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann Band 172), 2016.
M. A. FARLEY, Just Love. A framework for Christian sexual ethics, 2006.
J. FINGERHUT (Hg.), Philosophie der Verkörperung. Grundlagentexte zu einer aktuellen Debatte (Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2060), 2013.
M. MERLEAU-PONTY, Das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare. Gefolgt von Arbeitsnotizen, hg. von C. LEFORT (Übergänge 13), 32004.
M. MERLEAU-PONTY, Das Primat der Wahrnehmung, hg. von L. WIESING (Suhrkamp-Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 1676), 52016.
M. MERLEAU-PONTY / R. BÖHM, Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung (Phänomenologisch-psychologische Forschungen de Gruyter-Studienbuch 7), 62010.
D. NIKKEL, A Theory of Embodied Nature of Religion (The journal of religion, 2019, 137–172).
S. PITTL, Geschichtliche Realität und Kreuz. Der fundamentale Ort der Theologie bei Ignacio Ellacuría (Ratio fidei v.67), 12018.
T. A. SALZMAN / M. G. LAWLER, The sexual person. Toward a renewed Catholic anthropology (Moral traditions series), 2008.
H. SCHELKSHORN, Ethik der Befreiung. Einführung in die Philosophie Enrique Dussels, 1992.
K. SCHILBRACK, The Material Turn in the Academic Study of Religions (The journal of religion 99, 2019, 219–227).
S. WENDEL, Affektiv und inkarniert. Ansätze deutscher Mystik als subjekttheoretische Herausforderung (Ratio fidei 15), 2002.

Association in the course directory

LV für Doktorat-/PhD-Studium, für 011 (15W) FTH 26, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, auslaufende Studienpläne: DAM für 011 (11W)

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