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By Max Van Manen

This e-book is an try to introduce and explicate a hermeneutic phenomenological method of human technological know-how examine and writing. inspired through the spirit of the eu hobbies in addition to via sure North American advancements, the textual content bargains a pedagogically grounded suggestion of analysis that takes its place to begin within the empirical realm of daily lived adventure. The idea underlying this strategy is that interpretive phenomenological study and theorizing can't be separated from the textual perform of writing. hence, a semiotics encouraged measurement is a part of this examine procedure, whereas the sensible nature of the pedagogic lifeworld calls for that this way of academic inquiry doesn't convert into armchair philosophizing or summary theorizing.

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Reflecting on essential themes The understanding of some phenomenon, some lived experience, is not fulfilled in a reflective grasp of the facticity of this or that particular experience. Rather, a true reflection on lived experience is a thoughtful, reflective grasping of what it is that renders this or that particular experience its special significance. Therefore, phenomenological research, unlike any other kind of research, makes a distinction between appearance and essence, between the things of our experience and that which grounds the things of our experience.

Sometimes the emphasis would be on doing research when, for example, we are involved in the so-called data gathering practices of interviewing or hermeneutic analysis of texts; on other occasions we speak more pointedly of theorizing when the main aim is to bring to speech (by talking or writing) our reflective understanding of something. In the natural or physical sciences we have a sense how new and improved theories often allow for more sophisticated technological advances. Computer technology is a good example of a triumph of theoretical progress.

Some "meditative" philosophies may have affinities with a certain human science Human Science 23 reflectiveness, but phenomenology has an interest that goes beyond "sheer" universality. " One important difference is that western human science aims at acquiring understandings about concrete lived experiences by means of language, whereas eastern methods may practise other non-script-oriented reflective techniques. (3) Phenomenology is neither mere particularity, nor sheer universality. The phenomenological attitude is more complex even than a mixture of empiricism and idealism, says Merleau-Ponty (1%4a).

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