Phenomenological Method: 1. Investigating Particular Phenomena (Intuiting)

Herbert Spiegelberg:

“To intuit the phenomena seems at first blush a fairly elementary affair, if one approaches this task without preconceptions. This may be so in theory, but it is certainly not so in practice. It is one of the most demanding operations, which requires utter concentration on the object intuited without becoming absorded in it to the point of no longer looking critically. Nevertheless there is little that the beginning phenomenologist can be given by way of precise instructions beyond such metaphoric phrases as “opening his eyes,” keeping them open”,”not getting blinded,” “looking and listening,” etc. Some help in the attempt to grasp the uniqueness of specific phenomena can be obtained by comparing them with related phenomena, giving special attention to similarities and differences. Watching trained practitioners in their approach to the phenomena, usually by studying their subsequent accounts, may further sensitize one’s own intuiting”.

the phenomenological movement. a historical introduction by herbert spiegelberg, essentials of the method, page 682-683. martinus nijhoff publishers 1984, the hague/boston/lancaster.

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