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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 | a1423 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i2.1423 | © 2015 Jacob J.S. Meiring | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 February 2015 | Published: 18 June 2015

About the author(s)

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


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.


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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