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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phe•nom•e•nol•o•gyfɪˌnɒm əˈnɒl ə dʒi(n.)

  1. the study of phenomena as distinct from ontology.

    Category: Philosphy

  2. the branch of a field of study that classifies phenomena relevant to itself.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena.

    Category: Philosphy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phenomenology(noun)

    a philosophical doctrine proposed by Edmund Husserl based on the study of human experience in which considerations of objective reality are not taken into account


  1. phenomenology(Noun)

    A philosophy based on the intuitive experience of phenomena, and on the premise that reality consists of objects and events as consciously perceived by conscious beings.

  2. phenomenology(Noun)

    A movement based on this, originated about 1905 by Edmund Husserl.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phenomenology(noun)

    a description, history, or explanation of phenomena


  1. Phenomenology

    Phenomenology is the philosophical study of the structures of subjective experience and consciousness. As a philosophical movement it was founded in the early years of the 20th century by Edmund Husserl and was later expanded upon by a circle of his followers at the universities of Göttingen and Munich in Germany. It then spread to France, the United States, and elsewhere, often in contexts far removed from Husserl's early work. Phenomenology, in Husserl's conception, is primarily concerned with the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. This ontology can be clearly differentiated from the Cartesian method of analysis which sees the world as objects, sets of objects, and objects acting and reacting upon one another. Husserl's conception of phenomenology has been criticized and developed not only by himself but also by students such as Edith Stein, by existentialists, such as Max Scheler, Nicolai Hartmann, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Paul Sartre, and by other philosophers, such as Paul Ricoeur, Emmanuel Lévinas, and sociologists Alfred Schütz and Eric Voegelin.


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