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On Becoming GodLate Medieval Mysticism and the Modern Western Self$
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Ben Morgan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239924

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239924.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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On Becoming God
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Ben Morgan

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239924.003.0001

The introduction sets out the methodological shifts necessary for a twenty-first-century reader to begin making sense of the central problem with which the book is concerned, namely what it might mean for a woman religious in a fourteenth-century anonymous text to declare that she has “become God.” The shifts include fundamental changes in the way questions of personal identity, sexual difference and religious traditions are conceptualized.

Keywords:   Sister Catherine treatise (Schwester Katrei), agency, sexual difference, religious vocabulary, Mitsein, history of the self, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett

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