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noun Philosophy.
  1. the study of phenomena.
  2. the system of Husserl and his followers stressing the description of phenomena.
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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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Historical Examples of phenomenology

  • Yet, for the purposes of nursing, phenomenology also has its limits.

    Nursing as Caring

    Anne Boykin

  • Parmenidean ontology stands completely apart from phenomenology.

  • Hegel wrote the last lines of the Phenomenology of Spirit within sound of the guns of Jena.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • The mind as conscious, as a conscious being per se, as Ego, is the object of the phenomenology of consciousness.

  • Psychology is generally made (by English writers) to include, also, what is here called anthropology and phenomenology.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz

British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Derived Formsphenomenological (fɪˌnɒmɪnəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephenomenologically, adverbphenomenologist, 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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