Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility

Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility

by Anastasia Philippa Scrutton


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Contemporary debates on God's emotionality are divided between two extremes. Impassibilists deny God's emotionality on the basis of God's omniscience, omnipotence and incorporeality. Passibilists seem to break with tradition by affirming divine emotionality, often focusing on the idea that God suffers with us.

Contemporary philosophy of emotion reflects this divide. Some philosophers argue that emotions are voluntary and intelligent mental events, making them potentially compatible with omniscience and omnipotence. Others claim that emotions are involuntary and basically physiological, rendering them inconsistent with traditional divine attributes.

Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility creates a three-way conversation between the debate in theology, contemporary philosophy of emotion, and pre-modern (particularly Augustinian and Thomist) conceptions of human affective experience. It also provides an exploration of the intelligence and value of the emotions of compassion, anger and jealousy.

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ISBN-13: 9781623560713
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Series: Continuum Studies in Philosophy of Religion
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anastasia Philippa Scrutton is Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments / Introduction / Chapter One: Historical and contemporary perspectives on emotion and impassibility / Chapter Two: Passiones and affectiones in Augustine and Aquinas / Summary of Chapters One and Two / Chapter Three: Emotion, intelligence and divine omniscience / Chapter Four: Compassion / Chapter Five: Anger / Chapter Six: Jealousy / Overview of Chapters Three to Six / Chapter Seven: Emotion, will, and divine omnipotence / Chapter Eight: Emotion, the body, and divine incorporeality / Conclusion / Bibliography

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