The Metaphysics of the Incarnation

Hardcover | February 27, 2011

EditorAnna Marmodoro, Jonathan Hill

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The growth of both philosophy of mind and cognitive science has developed our understanding of the human mind in ways that just a few decades ago were unthinkable. As ideas from philosophy of mind begin to cross over into philosophy of religion, there is renewed interest in questions about thedivine mind, about how it might relate to a human body, and about whether incarnation itself might be articulated with the conceptual tools offered by the current research developments in the philosophy of mind. This book offers original essays by leading philosophers of religion representing thesenew approaches to theological problems such as incarnation. The doctrine of incarnation - that Jesus Christ was God become human - has always been one of the most central and distinctive features of Christianity. Similar doctrines about divine humans can be found in other religions, from the claims to divinity made by ancient kings and emperors to theconcept of avatars in Hinduism. But many people regard the notion that a human being could also be divine as unjustifiable or incoherent, and none of the many attempts to articulate it philosophically has earned general acceptance. The authors explore, from a variety of different viewpoints, whether any metaphysically rigorous and coherent model of incarnation can be defended today. Their aim is to give readers a clearer sense not only of the problems and possible new solutions associated with incarnation itself, but of howthe notion of incarnation may be fitted in to wider current debates in philosophy.

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The growth of both philosophy of mind and cognitive science has developed our understanding of the human mind in ways that just a few decades ago were unthinkable. As ideas from philosophy of mind begin to cross over into philosophy of religion, there is renewed interest in questions about thedivine mind, about how it might relate to a...

Dr. Anna Marmodoro is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. Dr. Jonathan Hill is a Postodoctoral Researcher in Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:February 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583161

ISBN - 13:9780199583164

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Table of Contents

1. Jonathan Hill: Introduction2. Brian Leftow: The humanity of God3. Oliver Crisp: Compositional christology without Nestorianism4. Thomas Flint: Should concretists part with mereological models of the incarnation?5. Thomas Senor: Drawing on many traditions: an ecumenical kenotic Christology6. Stephen Davis: The metaphysics of kenosis7. Michael Rea: Hylomorphism and the incarnation8. Richard Swinburne: The coherence of the Chalcedonian Definition of the incarnation9. Joseph Jedwab: The incarnation and unity of consciousness10. Richard Cross: Vehicle externalism and the metaphysics of the incarnation: a medieval contribution11. Anna Marmodoro: The extended mind in ontological entanglements12. Robin Le Poidevin: Multiple incarnations and distributed persons