Book Discussion: Christian Smith's What Is a Person?
Embodied Critical Realism
Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2014
© 2014 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 167–179, March 2014
How to Cite
Schilbrack, K. (2014), Embodied Critical Realism. Journal of Religious Ethics, 42: 167–179. doi: 10.1111/jore.12050
- Issue online: 19 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2014
- Critical realism;
- embodied realism;
- constructive postmodernism;
- epistemic relativity;
- ontological realism
Christian Smith's What Is a Person? provides an account of the person from the perceptive of critical realism. As a fellow critical realist, I support that philosophical position and in this response I seek to support it by connecting it to the embodied realism developed by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. In order to bring the two forms of realism together, I critique both the relativism of embodied realism and the idea, found in Smith, that the person's awareness of the world is mediated by her experience. The goal of this paper, then, is an embodied critical realism, a more coherent realist position that combines the best parts of each.