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"Up from Eden: Uniquely Human Aspects of the Physical Body and their Philosophical Consequences"

Guest Lecture by Anthropologist
Mark Gruber, O.S.B, Phd.

The lecture will explore aspects of the physical body as anthropology discusses them, and consider how even our most apparently material attributes are immediately charged with especially human signification. It will consider that the human body is never simply an inhuman animal background in the service of a "higher" human intelligence, much less a mechanical instrument of abstract consciousness. Rather the human body is always experienced by every subject only as a fully human medium of exchange with the world. The body conditions or shapes the quality of the consciousness which is human. The face, the vocal apparatus, the hands, our species' sexuality and bipedality (two leggedness) appear in the world at once expressing the full range of all essential human aspirations.

Dr. Gruber, a Benedictine monk and priest, holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy as well as a Masters of Divinity. Full professor at St. Vincent College, PA, and author of several books and articles in Physical, Cultural and Archaeological Anthropology, he earned his Phd. in the Doctoral Program of Anthropological Sciences from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY.

Time: 20 May, 2004, 5pm
Location: ELTE, Muzeum krt. 6-8, Kierkegaard Cabinet

All are Welcome to the Lecture and Discussion!