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The Performativity Of Perception And Its Theological Significance. The Example Of Pastoral Care

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Perception is one key concept in the academic work of Hans-Günter Heimbrock. This chapter suggests a concept that goes beyond the productivity of perception: the performativity of perception. Pastoral care is based on several performative processes. It is also a good example for the theological significance of the performativity of perception. The chapter sketches some developments within the German theory discussion in this field which can be interpreted as increasing attention for the performativity of perception, although there were, of course, no explicit references to this new notion. The introduction of the notion of the performativity of perception does not provide revolutionary new insights: It is a well-known point of view that intervention in pastoral care cannot be generally called right or wrong. But the notion of the performativity of perception provides a theoretical model that makes it easier to explain and deepen the insights gained through practice.

Keywords: German theory; Hans-Günter Heimbrock; pastoral care; perception; theological significance



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