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[fi-nom-uh-nol-uh-jee] /fɪˌnɒm əˈnɒl ə dʒi/
noun, Philosophy.
the study of phenomena.
the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena.
Origin of phenomenology
First recorded in 1790-1800; phenomen(on) + -o- + -logy
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[fi-nom-uh-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /fɪˌnɒm ə nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
phenomenologic, adjective
phenomenologically, adverb
phenomenologist, noun Unabridged
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noun (philosophy)
the movement founded by Husserl that concentrates on the detailed description of conscious experience, without recourse to explanation, metaphysical assumptions, and traditional philosophical questions
the science of phenomena as opposed to the science of being
Derived Forms
phenomenological (fɪˌnɒmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
phenomenologically, adverb
phenomenologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for phenomenology

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.

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