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General. Over the centuries, the term sensation (Ger. Empfindung, Lat. passio corporalis, sensatio) has taken on many different meanings. As a result, it has the reputation of being extremely slippery and has fallen somewhat out of use. If we ignore its use as a synonym for feeling, it has two related meanings: (a) sensory perception and (b) physical sensation. Physical sensations (e.g. feelings of warmth, pain, itching) provide information about the present state of our own bodies and need not be associated with particular organs. Through sensory perceptio…

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Sarot, Marcel, “Sensation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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