Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 58, Issue 5–6, pp 491–504 | Cite as

Aesthetic Interdisciplinarity in Donald Capps’ Weltanschauung



This article considers the aesthetic interdisciplinarity of the work and Weltanschauung of Donald Capps. It suggests three themes of Capps’ Weltanschauung: reframing, confusion, and empiricism. These themes converge in an image of calmness that epitomizes Capps’ aesthetic interdisciplinarity. Capps envisions a world that is heimlich (homelike), and his aesthetic therefore pursues “homemaking” in this world by virtue of enjoying a certain calmness in the process of pastoral counseling.


Donald E. Capps Aesthetic interdisciplinarity Reframing Calmness 


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  1. 1.Presbyterian College and Theological SeminarySeoulSouth Korea

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