Religious Feelings. Theologians and Philosophers on Emotions and Religious Feelings

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The project brings together the­olo­gians and philoso­phers work­ing on emo­tions and reli­gious feel­ings. Its activ­i­ties are funded by the Ana­lytic The­ol­ogy Clus­ter Ini­tia­tive. The main ques­tions that will be dis­cussed in the course of the project are:

  1. What is the nature of reli­gious feel­ings? Are reli­gious feel­ings a sub­group of emo­tions or are there sig­nif­i­cant struc­tural dif­fer­ences between the two?
  2. What is the rela­tion between reli­gious feel­ings and ratio­nal­ity? Are they ratio­nal states which are capa­ble of jus­ti­fy­ing cer­tain judg­ments? If yes, what sort of judg­ments can they justify?
  3. What is the func­tion of reli­gious feel­ings? Are they of instru­men­tal, moral or epis­temic value? What sort of influ­ence do they exert on our moods and emotions?

The project will run for two years. Our work will pro­ceed in four phases. In the first two phases we will focus on his­tor­i­cal and cur­rent emo­tion the­o­ries both within the­ol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy, includ­ing results from the psy­chol­ogy of reli­gion. In the third and fourth phase of the project we will then turn to the analy­sis of two spe­cific reli­gious feel­ings: hope and tran­scen­den­tal feel­ings. Apart from reg­u­lar meet­ings by the clus­ter mem­bers three work­shops will be hosted at the Uni­ver­sity of Tübin­gen. The first of these took place in Sep­tem­ber 2012. The sec­ond work­shop will take place in Octo­ber 2013 and is focused on the rela­tion between (reli­gious) feel­ings and reli­gious beliefs.


Reli­gious Feelings
c/o Ruth Rebecca Tiet­jen
Philosophis­ches Sem­i­nar
Bur­sagasse 1
72070 Tübin­gen
+49 (0)7071 29 78 298