This title examines some of the primary questions for the impassibility debate through the lens of contemporary philosophy of emotion. 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 of emotion argue that emotions are essentially cognitive beliefs or judgements that can be intelligent and that can be chosen or cultivated to some extent. Others argue that emotions are basically physiological. This is relevant to the theological debate since, if emotions are cognitive rather than physiological, potentially intelligent, and voluntary, then the impassibilist objection that emotions are incompatible with God's omniscience, omnipotence and incorporeality is misinformed."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. "Continuum Studies in Philosophy of Religion" presents scholarly monographs offering cutting-edge research and debate to students and scholars in philosophy of religion. The series engages with the central questions and issues within the field, including the problem of evil, the cosmological, teleological, moral, and ontological arguments for the existence of God, divine foreknowledge, and the coherence of theism. It also incorporates volumes on the following metaphysical issues as and when they directly impact on the philosophy of religion: the existence and nature of the soul, the existence and nature of free will, natural law, the meaning of life, and science and religion.
Thinking Through Feeling by Anastasia Philippa Scrutton was published by Continuum in November 2011. The ISBN for Thinking Through Feeling is 9781441162755.