Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 6, 2011 - Religion - 240 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Emotion and Impassibility
12
Chapter 2 PASSIONES and AFFECTIONES in Augustine and Aquinas
34
Chapter 3 Emotion Intelligence and Divine Omniscience
55
Chapter 4 Compassion
75
Chapter 5 Anger
102
Chapter 6 Jealousy
122
Chapter 7 Emotion Will and Divine Omnipotence
140
Chapter 8 Emotion the Body and Divine Incorporeality
165
Notes
190
Bibliography
217
Index
225
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Anastasia Philippa Scrutton is Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA.

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