Tag: Marc Applebaum

Phenomenological Philosophy and Psychology in Dialogue


Paper cutting by Bettina von Arnim. Saybrook faculty members Drs. Magnus Englander, Susi Ferrarello, and Marc Applebaum collaborated in presenting a panel, “Phenomenological Research: Philosophy and Psychology in Dialogue” at the 32nd annual International Human Science Research Conference in Aalborg, Denmark in August 2013. Englander’s presented his reflections as a qualitative psychological researcher on philosophical… Read more »

Phenomenology as Dialogue: A Researcherês Reflection


Photo by Adam Jones adamjones.freeservers.com. The way we creatively embody and express the traditions we inherit, whether philosophical or psychological, is inevitably shaped by our own history, background, and values. In my case, before I began my study of phenomenology, I had already worked as a teacher and counselor. I’ve been a teacher of one… Read more »

Mohanty and Giorgi on Phenomenology: Philosophical and Psychological


Ramapo College Jitendranath Mohanty is one of the preeminent living phenomenological philosophers, an expert in Husserl’s phenomenology. He studied and taught in Germany, France, and the US with key people in the tradition including Hans Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, Hanna Arendt, Aron Gurwitsch, and Alfred Schutz. Amedeo Giorgi is one of the pioneers of qualitative… Read more »

Dialogue and a Tanka


Merleau-Ponty (1993) wrote, “For the speaker no less than for the listener, language is definitely something other than a technique for ciphering or deciphering ready-made significations” (p. 80). He is ever insistent that being-in-the-world is an embodied event, an ongoing discovery, and he relentlessly examines the ways in which experiences are given to us, prior… Read more »

Fads, Phenomenology, and Cultural Psychology


Edmund Husserl I love Teo and Febbraro’s (2002) pointed observation that “Psychology’s history can be studied as a history of fads” (p. 458). Teo (1996) has written that psychologists “have tended to value meta-theoretical constructions from outside their discipline more than those from inside their disciplines,” with the popularity of these constructions shifting as one… Read more »

Themes in Phenomenology: Jitendranath Mohanty on Intentionality


Reading J. N. Mohanty’s essay “Husserl’s Concept of Intentionality” in Analecta Husserliana I (1971), the following passage, discussing the Logische Untersuchungen, stood out to me: The static analysis lays bare the structure of what is called an intentional act whereby the word ‘act’ has to be taken not in its ordinary usage as meaning an… Read more »

Moustakasê Phenomenology: Husserlian?


Edmund Husserl Students new to phenomenological psychology often ask me what is the difference between Clark Moustakas’ and Amedeo Giorgi’s research methods, since both approaches are called “phenomenological.” In fact, there are major differences. In this post, I’ll examine Moustakas’ Phenomenological Research Methods (1994) from the perspective of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological philosophy. Naturally, I’ll… Read more »

Phenomenologyês Relationship With Empirical Science


Maurice Merleau-Ponty Since Husserl, phenomenological philosophers have dialogued with the empirical sciences in an attempt to contribute to a more complete human science—a science that speaks to the fullness of being human. The job of our philosophers, in this context, is to invite an opening up of an epistemological conversation that renews the sciences’ exploration… Read more »

–Do I Really Need to Read All This Philosophy?”


The students who put this question to me are usually taking their first course in phenomenological or hermeneutic (narrative) research. And in a way, I feel for them, because many of them didn’t expect to be facing something called “epistemology,” and bumping into any number of arcane Greek terms that seem to bear no relationship… Read more »

Key ideas in Phenomenology: The Reduction


Edmund Husserl My most recent post was a short discussion of what “the natural attitude” means in Husserl’s phenomenology. As I mentioned, the natural attitude is the perspective of everyday life. For Husserl, the process he calls the phenomenological reduction is the means by which the phenomenologist frees himself from the reifications of the natural… Read more »