Emotional Experience and Religious Understanding: Integrating Perception, Conception and Feeling

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-11
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In this book Mark Wynn argues that the landscape of philosophical theology looks rather different from the perspective of a re-conceived theory of emotion. In matters of religion, we do not need to opt for objective content over emotional form or vice versa. On the contrary, these strategies are mistaken at root, since form and content are not properly separable here - because 'inwardness' may contribute to 'thought-content', or because (to use the vocabulary of the book) emotional feelings can themselves constitute thoughts; or because, to put the point a further way, in religious contexts, perception and conception are often infused by feeling. Wynn uses this perspective to forge a distinctive approach to a range of established topics in philosophy of religion, notably: religious experience; the problem of evil; the relationship of religion and ethics, and religion and art; and in general, the connection of 'feeling' to doctrine and tradition.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements xiv
Religious experience and the perception of value
Love, repentance, and the moral life
Finding and making value in the world
Emotional feeling: philosophical, psychological, and neurological perspectives
Emotional feeling and religious understanding
Representation in art and religion
The religious critique of feeling
Bibiliography 195(6)
Index 201

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