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Ubuntu and the body: A perspective from theological anthropology as embodied sensing

Jacob J.S. Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 2 (2015), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1423

Submitted: 12 February 2015
Published:  18 June 2015


The author asks whether the notion of ubuntu truly exists within contemporary South African society and how the experiencing of South Africans’ embodiment can be connected to ubuntu – especially amongst black people. The notion of ubuntu is briefly explored within law and theology. The author has recently proposed a model for a contemporary theological anthropology as ‘embodied sensing’ which functions within the intimate relationship of the lived body, experiencing in a concrete life-world, language, and the ‘more than’. It is from this perspective that the notion of ubuntu is explored.

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Jacob J.S. Meiring, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Ubuntu;Theological anthropology as embodied sensing; law and theology; embodiment ; black bodies, apartheid; lived body, lived experience; language; the "more than"


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