Phenomenological Method: 1. Investigating Particular Phenomena (Describing)

Herbert Spiegelberg:

“”Phenomenological description” of the phenomena thus intuited and analyzed goes usually and – according to some phenomenologists, essentially – hand in hand with the preceding steps. Yet it seems to me that the distinctive nature of this procedure has as a rule not been sufficiently considered. At the same time its importance has been overemphasized, as when phenomenology has been characterized simply as descriptive science. Thus there is definite danger in beginning a description of the phenomena before we have explored them intuitively and analytically. Phenomenology begins in silence”. 

the phenomenological movement. a historical introduction by herbert spiegelberg, essentials of the method, page 693. martinus nijhoff publishers 1984, the hague/boston/lancaster.

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