The theory–practice distinction and the complexity of practical knowledge

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dc.contributor.author Miller-McLemore, B.J. (Bonnie)
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-09T09:26:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-09T09:26:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016-08-31
dc.description Prof. Dr Miller-McLemore is participating in the research project ‘Gender Studies and Practical Theology Theory Formation’, directed by Prof. Dr Yolanda Dreyer, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Over the past few decades, theologians have recognised the value of practice but have been optimistic about the ease with which practice is incorporated into theology. People use all sorts of adjectives to characterise the complex relationship – ‘integrally related’, a ‘deeper reciprocity’, ‘bound up in thickly intertwined ways’ – but connecting the two is not as easy as these words suggest. This article returns to the age-old question about the relationship between theory and practice. But it studies this question from the angle of practice. Although many scholars have analysed the distinction between theory and practice as it functions conceptually, few have examined challenges in relating the two as they emerge in practice. The article argues that there is an inevitable distinction between theory and practice that receives considerably less attention and needs more understanding and even respect. It also argues that the discipline of practical theology adds a distinctive angle on this discussion because it considers how the concepts function practically. en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Miller-McLemore, B., 2016, ‘The theory–practice distinction and the complexity of practical knowledge’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3381. http://dx.DOI. org/ 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3381. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3381
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/57821
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Practical theology en_ZA
dc.subject Practical knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject Theory and practice en_ZA
dc.title The theory–practice distinction and the complexity of practical knowledge en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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