Curing Dualistic, Disembodied Patterns of Thinking in the Academy

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Dr. David H. Nikkel, Professor of Religion & Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: This essay develops aspects and implications of Poteat’s critique of the Enlightenment’s critical paradigm and development of post-critical thinking in dialogue with Pascal in his dissertation and four post-critical thinkers who figured prominently in his project: Kierkegaard, MerleauPonty, Wittgenstein, and Polanyi. Then it critiques from a Poteatian perspective the critical, dualistic, discarnate picture that still dominates the academy, especially attending to the cognitive science of religion. CSR involves both a reductive physicalism involving unconscious mental mechanisms and a re-inscribing of subjectivistic or mentalist (alleged) beliefs in disembodied supernatural and human spirits.

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Tradition & Discovery: The Journal of the Polanyi Society 44:1
Language: English
Date: 2018
cognitive science of religion (CSR), critical, (dis)embodiment, dualism, mindbody, post-critical, prereflective, reductive physicalism, tacit, Poteat, William H.

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