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phenomenology

[ fi-nom-uh-nol-uh-jee ]
/ fɪˌnɒm əˈnɒl ə dʒi /
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noun Philosophy.

the study of phenomena.
the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena.

RELATED WORDS

intentionality

Nearby words

phenom, phenomena, phenomenal, phenomenalism, phenomenalize, phenomenology, phenomenon, phenoplast, phenosafranine, phenothiazine, phenotype

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
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British Dictionary definitions for phenomenology

phenomenology

/ (fɪˌnɒmɪˈnɒlədʒɪ) /

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 Formsphenomenological (fɪˌnɒmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephenomenologically, adverbphenomenologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for phenomenology

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.

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