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JP8116/9116 Cor Novum: Towards a New Theology of the Heart

This subject will begin with a general investigation of the relatively recent ‘rediscovery’ of human emotion and affectivity in contemporary philosophy and theology. The subject will consider the particularly interesting insights of the early to mid 20th century German phenomenologists (notably Max Scheler, Alexander Pfänder, Dietrich von Hildebrand and Edith Stein) who ventured to address the questions about passions and values raised by Frederick Nietzsche and others. This phenomenological response re-centres the biblical, Platonic and Augustinian approaches to ‘the heart’ and the ordo amoris. Students will be equipped with a body of this knowledge which will enable them to undertake professional work in the field and serve as a basis for further learning.