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the study of phenomena in their own right rather than inferring causes; in psychiatry, the theory that behavior is determined by the way the person perceives reality rather than by objective external reality.


1. The systematic description and classification of phenomena without attempt at explanation or interpretation.
See also: existential psychology.
2. The study of human experiences, irrespective of objective-subjective distinctions.
See also: existential psychology.
[phenomenon, + G. logos, study]


(fĕ-nŏm″ĕ-nŏl′ō-jē) [Gr. phainomenon, appearing, + logos, word, reason]
1. The study and classification of phenomena.
2. The science of the subjective processes by which phenomena are presented, with emphasis on mental processes and essential elements of experiences. A phenomenological study emphasizes a person's descriptions of and feelings about experienced events.

phenomenology (f·näˑ·m·näˑ·l·jē),

n a philosophical approach and method of qualitative research in which the essence of an experience is sought. The researcher identifies prior assumptions and beliefs and temporarily brackets them away from the experience being researched, so that it may be understood on its own terms.
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Such growth of awareness and insight is a hallmark feature of the humanistic counseling movement par excellence, just as it is a consequence of the phenomenological method itself.
The theory, practice, and evaluation of the phenomenological method as a qualitative research procedure.
Similarly, the 1975 paper "Subjectivity and the Irreducible in Man" (73) very clearly indicates that Wojtyla has decided to embrace a phenomenological method that leaves Aristotle and Aquinas in the background.
Important basis for the system identification using the phenomenological method is the accurate identification of exciting and own frequencies in the frequency domain.
His phenomenological method floundered, like Dilthey's and Schleiermacher's before him, in the problem of historism, yielding in turn a tradition of thought perplexed by a philosophical problem that Martin Heidegger was to solve in his development of fundamental ontology.
In recent years the phenomenological method has prompted increasing criticism.
This reformulation of the phenomenological method reflected Heidegger's ambition to examine the entity thus far encompassed and subsumed under the label subject, without an implicit reliance on the presuppositions that accompanied the term in traditional ontology.
To understand the paradox of learning we may inquire into Hegel's phenomenological method and ask whether it provides a solution to this paradox.
Ferrara developed the following model as a phenomenological method for music analysis:
Data analysis was accomplished using Colaizzi's (1978) six steps phenomenological method and Labov's (1982) five stages of transcription analysis.
epiphanies, developing and extending the phenomenological method of the
The phenomenological method, especially as developed in the work of Dumery, Van der Leeuw, Scheler, and Husserl, is able to embrace the essential elements of both classical illumination theory and the modern philosophical emphasis on the constitutive role of the subject.