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Affek van toe tot nou: Die erfenis van Herder, Schleiermacher en William James

Yolanda Dreyer
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 35, No 2 | a890 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i2.890 | © 2014 Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 June 2013 | Published: 06 August 2014

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Yolanda Dreyer, Department Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Affect then and now: The heritage of Herder, Schleiermacher and William James. 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.


Theory of affect; emotion; experience; feeling; mood; Johann Gottfried von Herder; Friedrich Schleiermacher; William James; pastoral care


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