Definition of phenomenology in English:



mass nounPhilosophy
  • 1The science of phenomena as distinct from that of the nature of being.

    • ‘In origin, as described by philosopher Edmund Husserl, phenomenology is the intuitive appreciation of phenomena as they are immediately perceived, without reference to scientific theory or prior learning.’
    • ‘He appears to be uncomfortably situated in the difference between Husserl and Heidegger's phenomenology, which heralded ‘the return to the things themselves’.’
    • ‘For such reasons as these Heidegger believes that ontology and phenomenology coincide.’
    • ‘Heidegger grounded his philosophy in phenomenology, the close examination of the given field of immediate experience.’
    • ‘Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.’
    1. 1.1 An approach that concentrates on the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience.
      • ‘The doctrine that there are mental presentations which necessarily refer to external things is not only bad natural science; it is also bad phenomenology and conceptual confusion.’
      • ‘The phenomenology of claims of good and right are also distinct: the good attracts or appeals, whereas claims of right appear to command authority.’
      • ‘According to Van Manen, the aim of interpretive phenomenology is to gain a deeper understanding of the nature or meaning of our everyday experiences.’
      • ‘Extensive studies of LSD phenomenology were performed in clinical and experimental psychiatric and psychological research.’
      • ‘A phenomenology of consciousness, then, explores neither the metaphysical composition nor the causal genesis of things, but the ‘constitution’ of their meaning.’