Anatomy of Revelation: soul-mind-body interaction in the anatomical, philosophical and theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg
My doctoral research focuses on the soul-body interaction theories of Swedish civil servant, natural philosopher and visionary theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), through his natural philosophical, anatomical and theological writings. Soul-body interaction is one of the few themes Swedenborg explored during all his life, both prior and after claiming to have received the ability to speak with the spirits of the dead and the angels.
I am particularly interested in analysing and deconstructing traditional scholarship about Swedenborg, and showing how a new study of Swedenborg's epistemological perspective sheds light on the early modern religious foundations of scientific knowledge. I am interested in the contribution of Swedenborg to the notion of reliable evidence and in the history of "coordination", especially related to the interaction of soul, mind and body.