This course takes on the problem of the body in philosophical and theological discourse with special attention given to the erotic, materiality, phenomenology of the flesh, power and representation, race and gender. The course will study works by a range of thinkers, from Michel Henry, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Marion (in the French phenomenology tradition) to Judith Butler, Catherine Keller, Audre Lorde, and Anthony Pinn (in the feminist, black feminist, and black theology tradition), among others.