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Allport, Gordon Willard

(151 words)

Author(s): Loder, James E.
[German Version] (Nov 11, 1897, Montezuma, IN – Oct 9, 1967, Cambridge, MA), personality psychologist. Allport received his doctorate from Harvard in 1922 and taught at Dartmouth and Harvard. During a period in which the field of psychology was dominated by the study of behaviorism on the one hand, and by …

Anxiety and Fear

(1,909 words)

Author(s): Michaels, Axel | Ringleben, Joachim | Schulz, Heiko | Loder, James E.
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Philosophy – III. Philosophy of Religion – IV. Practical Theology I. Reli…

Experience

(3,622 words)

Author(s): Willaschek, Marcus | Stock, Konrad | Köpf, Ulrich | Loder, James E.
[German Version] I. Philosophy – II. Philosophy of Religion – III. Church History – IV. Fundamental Theology – V. Dogmatics – VI. Ethics – VII. Practical Theology…

Behaviorism

(1,343 words)

Author(s): Loder, James E. | Herms, Eilert
[German Version] I. Concept – II. Practical Theology – III. Ethics I. Concept Behaviorism has tried, like its his…

Affect

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Author(s): Bader, Günter | Loder, James E.
[German Version] I. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – II. Practical Theology I. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics I. The term affect (Gk: πάθος/ páthos) originates from the Greek and Latin tradition rather than the biblical (here: “heart”). The term, however, became very popular in the history of Christian theology and piety. While, unlike ἦθος ( ēthos), the term denotes the unregulated passion and suddenness of emotion, πάθη are experienced and described as the forceful essence of divine power. In mythical texts, therefore, Φόβος ( Phobos), ᾽Ελπίς ( Elpis) are for example found as the – even transparent – names of gods. In this way affects already formed part of theology before becoming a Christian term. In postmythical philosophy, on the other hand, the term – disregarding playful remythicization and poeticizing – reflects inner psychological phenomena (φόβος, ἐλπίς), which, though these are …

Horney, Karen

(170 words)

Author(s): Loder, James E.
[German Version] (Sep 16, 1885, Hamburg – Dec 4, 1952, New York) was a psychoanalyst in Berlin, Chicago, and New York, where she distinguished herself from the psychoanalysts there with her critique of the orthodox position of psychoanalysis and its interpretation. Today she is regarded as a neo-psychoanalyst. For Horney, sexuality was not the primary issue in psychopathology, and she questioned paradigms such as the Oedipus complex. Horney's main emphasis was upon anxiety and neurosis as a social…

Functionalism

(1,146 words)

Author(s): Jödicke, Ansgar | Stephan, Achim | Loder, James E.
[German Version] I. Science of Religion – II. Philosophy – III. Practical Theology I. Science of Religion A functional analysis describes the parts of a system on the basis of their function for the whole. Pioneered by É. Durkheim, functionalism was developed in Anglo-Saxon cultural ant…