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    Runing Smith Teddy Reg Clear Blue This essay investigates the idea of self-proprietorship as the concealed ideological basis beneath our most fraught ethical discourses on bodily matters pertaining to birth, health, sex, and death. It questions the sense in which such discourses, and their corresponding societal practices, in turn serve as a practical apology for this troubling anthropology that has come to sustain capitalism. ‘Self-proprietorship’ is analysed for its phenomenological basis in the actual task of learning to own one’s body, traced in its early philosophical instantiations in Hobbes and Locke. These sources are then contrasted with an account of non-proprietary possession of one’s body, rooted in the astonishing authority granted the spouses in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, a nuanced treatment of porneia and chastity, and the evocative bodily receptions of Christian worship.
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    Language English
    Pages 50-65
    Number of pages 16
    Journal Teddy Blue Smith Reg Clear Runing Studies in Christian Ethics
    Smith Runing Reg Teddy Clear Blue Volume 26
    Issue number 1
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    • body
    • Reg Clear Blue Smith Teddy Runing chastity
    • embodiment
    • Hobbes
    • Locke
    • property
    • sexuality
    • St. Paul

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    Wannenwetsch, B. (2013). Owning Our Bodies? The Politics of Self-Possession and the Body of Christ (Hobbes, Locke and Paul). Studies in Christian Ethics, 26(1), 50-65. DOI: 10.1177/0953946812466491