Passion and Passivity

Passion and Passivity. Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2009. Ed. by Ingolf U. Dalferth and Michael Ch. Rodgers
2011. VIII, 214 pages. RPT 61

ISBN 978-3-16-151025-0
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Passion and Passivity

Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, Conference 2009
Ed. by Ingolf U. Dalferth and Michael Ch. Rodgers

The interplay between activity and passivity in religious practices in general and religious beliefs and emotions in particular is a central and controversial issue in philosophical, theological and psychological thought past and present. This conference volume is organized around Schleiermacher's central idea of the 'feeling of ultimate dependence' and Kierkegaard's existential analysis of the fundamental passivity of passion. Three studies elucidate important strands in the theological and philosophical background of these insights in Paul the Apostle, Luther, Melanchthon, Hobbes and Spinoza. Three further studies look at concrete examples of affects, emotions, or passions in religious life such as anxiety, fear of God, wonder, and pathos of faith that move the debate in distinct ways beyond Schleiermacher and Kierkegaard. All contributions do not restrict what they say to historical analyses but aim at making a contribution to contemporary debates.

Ingolf U. Dalferth, C.J. Dickson, M. Jamie Ferreira, Arne Grøn, Teri Merrick, Michael Moxter, Cornelia Richter, Robert C. Roberts, Michael Rodgers, Amy M. Schmitter, Philipp Stoellger, Thandeka


Survey of contents:

Ingolf U. Dalferth : Introduction - Robert C. Roberts : Emotions in the Epistemology of Paul the Apostle - Cornelia Richter: Melanchthon on Affectivity - Performative Passion - Amy M. Schmitter : Natural Passions, Reason and Religious Emotion in Hobbes and Spinoza - Michael Moxter : Feeling and Symbolic Expression. Schleiermacher's Feeling of Ultimate Dependency Reconsidered - Thandeka : Neuropassion Plays: Schleiermacher and Affective Neuroscience - C.J. Dickson : Schleiermacher Through Wittgenstein - M. Jamie Ferreira : Passion, Passivity, and Imagination - Arne Grøn : Subjectivity, Passion and Passivity - Michael Rodgers : Anxiety and the Fear of God - Teri Merrick : Wonder as a Characteristically Religious Attitude - Philipp Stoellger : Passions' Performance. On the Effects of Affects

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