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On Becoming God: Late Medieval Mysticism and the Modern Western Self

Ben Morgan


The book takes as its starting point the declaration by a woman religious in a fourteenth-century text that she has “become God”. Part I sets out the methodological tools necessary for a critical understanding of this claim, arguing that practices of a gendered identity be seen as tools through which people together manage a sense of connectedness to the world and others, a sense of irrefragable involvement that in the fourteenth century is given the name “God”. Writing the history of identity then means writing the history of these changing practices. An example of what this entails is set ou ... More

Keywords: History of the Self, Mysticism, Martin Heidegger, Mitsein (Being with), gender, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, Charles Taylor, Meister Eckhart, Sister Catherine treatise (Schwester Katrei), Heinrich Seuse, Margaretha Ebner, Sigmund Freud, Josef Breuer, Bertha Pappenheim (“Anna O.”), Ida Bauer (“Dora”), Being and Time (Sein und Zeit), Sources of the Self, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagsleben)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823239924
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Morgan, author
Worcester College, Oxford