Definition of phenomenology in US English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Heidegger grounded his philosophy in phenomenology, the close examination of the given field of immediate experience.’
    • ‘For such reasons as these Heidegger believes that ontology and phenomenology coincide.’
    • ‘Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.’
    • ‘He appears to be uncomfortably situated in the difference between Husserl and Heidegger's phenomenology, which heralded ‘the return to the things themselves’.’
    1. 1.1 An approach that concentrates on the study of consciousness and the objects of direct experience.
      • ‘Extensive studies of LSD phenomenology were performed in clinical and experimental psychiatric and psychological research.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A phenomenology of consciousness, then, explores neither the metaphysical composition nor the causal genesis of things, but the ‘constitution’ of their meaning.’