- The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion
- Introduction: The Study of Religion and Emotion
- Japanese Religions
- New Religious Movements
- Sexuality and the Erotic
- Material Culture
- Religious Hatred
- Medieval Mysticism
- Jonathan Edwards
- William James
- Emile Durkheim
- Friedrich Schleiermacher and Rudolf Otto
- Constructionism and Its Critics
- Emotions Research and Religious Experience
Abstract and Keywords
Inquiry aims at information, understanding, and insight. Research is inquiry that is methodologically self-conscious, systematic, and sustained, and focused on particular well-formulated questions. As such, research strategies are highly specific to subject matter. This article clarifies the concept of research into religious emotions and presents examples that illustrate the ways religious emotions can be investigated. It proposes a conception of research in this field and comments on the value and limits of the various kinds of research and their relations to one another. In addition to emotions, objects of research include behavior, physiological emotions, culture and history, and normative religious emotions.
Robert C. Roberts is Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Baylor University. His main interest is the moral psychology of the virtues. He also works on ancient moral psychology and epistemology, and the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. He is at work on a sequel of Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology (Cambridge University Press 2003) entitled Emotions and Virtues: An Essay in Moral Psychology. He is the author, with W. Jay Wood, of Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology (Clarendon Press 2007) and Spiritual Emotions (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 2007). He has published articles in The Philosophical Review, Philosophical Studies, American Philosophical Quarterly, and other journals.
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