The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Husserlian Approach

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Duquesne University Press, 2009 - Psychology - 233 pages
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This comprehensive work from one of the leading thinkers in humanistic psychology provides a thorough discussion of the phenomenological foundations for qualitative research in psychology. Amedeo Giorgi's examination operates out of the intersection of phenomenological philosophy, science, and psychology; such a multidisciplinary approach allows him to challenge several long-standing assumptions about the practice of psychology. Giorgi asserts that empiricism is not the best philosophy for grounding the science of psychology -- rather, the broader phenomenological theory of science permits more adequate psychological development. Giorgi draws from Husserl's philosophical principles the reasons for conducting research in psychology, and then offers practical steps for applying a phenomenological method and real examples of applications of the method. In fact, Giorgi proposes a method that is theoretically grounded in phenomenological philosophy and yet treats empirically derived data. This is a rigorous but open qualitative research method that is tolerant of pararational givens as well as one that is supportive of rational criteria. The analyses and methods presented will be attractive to psychologists, phenomenologists, and researchers involved in qualitative research throughout social and human science disciplines.

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Contents

Two The Qualitative Perspective in Researching
15
Three The Research Process
57
Four Scientific Phenomenological Method and
67
Five The Phenomenological Method
87
Six The Application of the Method
139
Notes
209
References
218
Index
225
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About the author (2009)

Amedeo Giorgi has been on the faculty of the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center since 1986. Giorgi founded The Journal of Phenomenological Psychology and was its editor for 25 years.

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