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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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In the light of his Thomistic studies, Wojtyla believed that Aquinas presupposed "subjective experience" but lacked the tools to explore it, tools that phenomenology would later provide.
In "Sex, Gender and Embodiment" Sara Heinamaa offers a detailed account of the uses of phenomenology in regard to the lived body and the way in which it can mobilise a critique of the pervasive sex-gender distinction as basically stemming from an uncritical reliance upon the natural attitude.
Hanich's grasp of film and phenomenology is surely accomplished, which makes his observation that "the horror film and the thriller are prime examples" of genres that "are named precisely after their affective dimension" all the more troublesome (54).
The problem of questioning within the Husserlian phenomenology is relatively less known than, for example, the themes of intentionality, time, and intersubjectivity.
Here, Henry analyzes the connection between phenomenology and method in Husserl's 1907 lectures, The Idea of Phenomenology, wherein Husserl articulates a phenomenological method aimed at establishing the possibility of empirical knowledge.
In chapter three, Ahmed builds on the work of Frantz Fanon to apply a queer phenomenology to questions of orientalism and race.
s position recur in his further attempt to base his ethics simply on phenomenology.
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The overlap occurs because Dhavamony discusses identical issues from two different perspectives: the phenomenology of religion in the first part, and Christology in the second part.
The phenomenology of Edmund Husserl had a far greater impact on the Council than Teilhard de Chardin.
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By objective, Bazin means objective for us as intending subjects, in the sense of philosophical phenomenology.