Uniting Mind and Body: Cognition, Embodiment and Liturgy

2019 Central Regional Conference
September 12–14, 2019 
Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Plenary Speakers

  • Vincent Lloyd (Villanova University)
    “ʻNot Only Do the Mouths Singʼ: Religious Practice and the Sanctity of Life in Black Thought”
    Abstract
    The Caribbean poet Aimé Césaire suggests that Black colonial experience can provide privileged access to the sanctity of life by putting in relief forces of domination that distort life’s holiness. In the Christmas liturgy, he writes, “Not only do the mouths sing, but the hands, the feet… and your entire being liquefies sounds, voices, and rhythm.” What would it mean to take Césaire’s suggestion as the starting point of a philosophical argument about the relationship between the sanctity of life and religious practice?
  • Elizabeth Schechter (Indiana University Bloomington)
    “Minds, Bodies and Selves After Split-brain Surgery”
    Abstract
    There’s been a lot of philosophical literature (some of it by Christian philosophers) on what happens to the unity of consciousness and self after split-brain surgery. I do argue that the surgery divides consciousness and even leaves two psychological beings in place. But because they are so substantially co-embodied, they cannot distinguish themselves from each other, and in this sense are not distinct self-conscious beings of the sort persons necessarily are, and thus continue to be subpersonal parts of one person. Additional conference information, including a schedule, is forthcoming.

Conference Theme

The conference will explore:

  • The ways in which philosophy and liturgy relate to one another, both in regard to liturgy in general or particular aspects of liturgies.
  • The philosophy of mind, psychology, cognitive science or embodied cognition.
  • Historical or contemporary discussions of the relation of mind and body and related issues.
  • Issues concerning embodiment and ways in which we experience embodiment, including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexual identity, religious identity, religious experiences (positive and negative) and so on.
  • The relation of any of these topics to religion(s), the philosophy of religion or the Christian tradition.

We welcome the participation of both Christians and non-Christians as presenters, commentators and participants.

Please send any queries, submissions or requests to comment to Jack Mulder at philosophy@hope.edu.