Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

phenomenology

[fi-nom-uh-nol-uh-jee]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Philosophy.
  1. the study of phenomena.
  2. the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena.
Show More

Origin of phenomenology

First recorded in 1790–1800; phenomen(on) + -o- + -logy
Related formsphe·nom·e·no·log·i·cal [fi-nom-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /fɪˌnɒm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, phe·nom·e·no·log·ic, adjectivephe·nom·e·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbphe·nom·e·nol·o·gist, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for phenomenological

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for phenomenological

phenomenology

noun philosophy
  1. the movement founded by Husserl that concentrates on the detailed description of conscious experience, without recourse to explanation, metaphysical assumptions, and traditional philosophical questions
  2. the science of phenomena as opposed to the science of being
Show More
Derived Formsphenomenological (fɪˌnɒmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephenomenologically, adverbphenomenologist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for phenomenological

phenomenology

n.

1797, from German Phänomenologie, used as the title of the fourth part of the "Neues Organon" of German physicist Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728-1777), coined from Greek phainomenon (see phenomenon) + -logia (see -logy). Psychological sense, especially in Gestalt theory, is from 1930. Related: Phenomenological.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper