Transcendence, Materialism and the Re-enchantment of Nature: Towards a Theological Materialism

Haynes, Patrice (2009) Transcendence, Materialism and the Re-enchantment of Nature: Towards a Theological Materialism. In: Women and the Divine: Touching transcendence. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9781403984135

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Contemporary feminist theorists typically regard the notion of transcendence with suspicion. By “transcendence” is meant “going beyond” or “surpassing” a limit or context. The problem for a number of feminists is that, certainly in Western thought, it is the body, and the material world more generally, that is usually identified as the limit to overcome and so transcend. Given that Western culture traditionally associates bodiliness and materiality with the female sex, “woman” has come to represent the constraints of material immanence, and women are thus devalued in the process. In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir famously laments the way in which women, defined as the “other” by men, are “doomed” to immanence (29, 726). She urges women to claim transcendence for themselves and, in doing so, to realize their freedom and subjectivity. However, de Beauvoir is often criticized by later feminists for perpetuating patriarchal conceptions of transcendence and immanence.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Women and religion, Women — Religious life, Transcendence of God.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 11:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 13:47

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