Transcendence in the Kinanthropology of Manuel Sérgio

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This article seeks to analyze the contribution of Portuguese philosopher Manuel Sergio to Religious Studies. The author dedicated his long academic life to the study of sports, but with a peculiar humanistic perspective. Instead of focusing on performance, the author focuses on the Human being who moves. This is what he defines as "Kinanthropology". Transcendence is a major element in this proposal. In this article, after presenting Sergio's fundamental anthropological framework and his understanding of "human kinetics", three of his possible theoretical contributions to Religious Studies are explored: 1. in the way he sees the relation between transcendence and religion; 2. in the way he opens corporeity to transcendence; and 3. in the way he seems to rehabilitate motion as a topic for religious and theological discourse.
Translated title of the contributionTranscendência na cinantropologia de Manuel Sérgio
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-130
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Manuel Sérgio
  • Kinanthropology
  • Transcendence
  • Motion
  • Intentionality


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