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Verbum et Ecclesia

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DREYER, Yolanda. Affect then and now: The heritage of Herder, Schleiermacher and William James. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.2, pp.1-8. ISSN 2074-7705.

The heritage of Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and William James (1842-1910) is of significance for practical theology. In present-day pastoral care, affect, emotion, feeling and experience are explored by means of, amongst others, narrative theories. In his aesthetics, Herder linked music and literature. Schleiermacher, in his aesthetics, linked his theology of feeling with biography as narrative. Narrativity is central to present-day are theories and praxis in pastoral care. The variety of forms of affect, namely emotion, experience, feeling and mood, has been explored by present-day psychology and psychiatry. These insights can enrich narrative pastoral theories and praxis.

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