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Spirituality in the FleshBodily Sources of Religious Experiences$
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Robert C. Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.001.0001

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The Body as Adaptive Agent

(p.3) 1 Introduction
Spirituality in the Flesh

Robert C. Fuller (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the leverage that the body exerts on humanity's propensity toward religion. Recent research in the emotions, neurobiology, sexuality, pain, and the chemical components of thought or feeling all shed light on the varieties of human spirituality. Studying religion “in the flesh” furnishes a new set of critical terms that bring a fully interdisciplinary perspective to bear on understanding the most elusive forms of embodied experience.

Keywords:   body, cognitive science, critical terms, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, genetics, William James, E. O. Wilson

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