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Anastasia Scrutton
University of Leeds
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    Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2011 - Continuum.
    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 argue that emotions are voluntary and intelligent mental events, making them potentially compatible with omniscience and omnipotence. Others claim that emotions are involuntary and basically physiological, rendering them inconsistent (...)
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  2. Why Not Believe in an Evil God? Pragmatic Encroachment and Some Implications for Philosophy of Religion.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2016 - Religious Studies 52 (3):345-360.
    Pointing to broad symmetries between the idea that God is omniscient, omnipotent and all-good, and the idea that God is omniscient, omnipotent but all-evil, the evil-God challenge raises the question of why theists should prefer one over the other. I respond to this challenge by drawing on a recent theory in epistemology, pragmatic encroachment, which asserts that practical considerations can alter the epistemic status of beliefs. I then explore some of the implications of my argument for how we do philosophy (...)
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  3. Two Christian Theologies of Depression.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - forthcoming - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology.
    Some recent considerations of religion and psychiatry have drawn a distinction between pathological and spiritual/mystical experiences of mental phenomena typically regarded as within the realm of psychiatry (e.g. depression, hearing voices, seeing visions/hallucinations). Such a distinction has clinical implications, particularly in relation to whether some religious people who suffer from depression, hear voices, or see visions should be biomedically treated. Approaching this question from a theological and philosophical perspective, I draw a distinction between (what I call) ‘spiritual health’ (SH) and (...)
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  4. What Might It Mean to Live Well with Depression?Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - forthcoming - Journal of Disability and Religion.
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    Philosophy and Living Religion: An Introduction.Simon Hewitt & Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2018 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (4):349-354.
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    Two Christian Theologies of Depression: An Evaluation and Discussion of Clinical Implications.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2015 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 22 (4):275-289.
    There are many Christian theologies of depression. Depression is spoken of variously as the result of personal or original sin, as a kind of sin, as a sign of demonic possession or as involving demons, as a test of faith, as a sign of holiness, or as an occasion for spiritual transformation. Although it is difficult to draw any absolute distinctions, we might helpfully split them into the following three categories for the sake of discussion:Spiritual illness SI), in which depression (...)
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  7. Schizophrenia or Possession? A Reply to Kemal Irmak and Nuray Karanci.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - forthcoming - Journal of Religion and Health.
    A recent paper in this journal argues that some cases of schizophrenia should be seen as cases of demon possession and treated by faith healers. A reply, also published in this journal, responds by raising concerns about the intellectual credibility and potentially harmful practical implications of demon possession beliefs. My paper contributes to the discussion, arguing that a critique of demon possession beliefs in the context of schizophrenia is needed, but suggesting an alternative basis for it. It also reflects on (...)
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  8. Can Being Told You ’Re Ill Make You Ill? A Discussion of Psychiatry, Religion, and Out of the Ordinary Experiences.‘.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - forthcoming - Think.
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    Is Depression A Sin? A Philosophical Examination Of Christian Voluntarism.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2018 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 25 (4):261-274.
    Christian interpretations of what psychiatry terms "depression" vary widely. Although liberal forms of Christianity regard depression as both a form of mental illness and a catalyst for moral and spiritual transformation, some Catholic theology regards some forms depression not as pathological but as a Dark Night of the Soul. Nonliberal Protestant forms of Christianity tend to view depression more as a sign of spiritual illness than spiritual health: an indication of demonic possession in some Charismatic and syncretistic/indigenous forms of Christianity, (...)
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  10. Emotion in Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas: A Way Forward for the Impassibility Debate?Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2005 - International Journal for Systematic Theology 7 (2):169 - 177.
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    Why Philosophy?Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2018 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 25 (4):285-287.
    My thanks go to Marcia Webb and Warren Kinghorn for their thoughtful and stimulating commentaries, one drawing attention to clinical studies of religion and depression and neuroscientific studies of determinism and free will, and the other making a case for a theological rather than philosophical argument against Christian voluntarism. In combination, the commentaries raise an important question about what a philosophical approach might valuably bring to the topics surrounding this paper, Kinghorn's by raising an explicit challenge to this end and (...)
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    Marcia Webb Toward a Theology of Psychological Disorder . Pp. Xxiv + 183. £21.00/$26.00 . ISBN 978 1 4982 0211 4.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - forthcoming - Religious Studies:1-5.
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  13. Human and Divine Suffering: The Relation Between Human Suffering and the Rise of Passibilist Theology.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2005 - Ars Disputandi 5.
     
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    ‘And so She Returned to the Eternal Source’: Continuing Bonds and the Figure of Dante’s Beatrice in C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton & Simon Hewitt - 2021 - Heythrop Journal 62 (5):851-862.
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    Interpretation, Meaning and the Shaping of Experience: Against Depression Being a Natural Entity and Other Forms of Essentialism.Anastasia Philippa Scrutton - 2015 - Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 22 (4):299-301.
    Many thanks to Ian Kidd and John Swinton for their most interesting, and extremely different, commentaries on my paper. I agree with the thrust of Kidd’s argument and hope that these possibilities may be explored more fully elsewhere. Swinton’s commentary is far more critical, and raises issues in need of urgent clarification—I therefore focus on these.Swinton begins his critique by saying that, “One of the basic presumptions that underpins the study and its conclusions is that depression is a natural entity (...)
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