Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607927 | Print ISBN: 9781412907804 | Online ISBN: 9781848607927| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 10: Phenomenological Psychology
Amedeo P. Giorgi & Barbro Giorgi
Phenomenological psychology It is fairly well known that it is difficult to give a univocal definition of phenomenological philosophy that is comprehensive enough to include its varied interpretations. The same is true when phenomenological thought, or methods, are applied to psychology. Since the major phenomenological philosophers differ significantly among themselves, it should not be surprising that different strategies emerge when psychologists seeking to ground their work in phenomenological philosophy use different thinkers as their primary source. In another place (A. Giorgi, in press a), the first author of this chapter identified the various types of phenomenological methods being used in psychology in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The types that were identified were: (1) Goethean pre-philosophical experimental phenomenology, (2) grass-roots phenomenology, (3) interpretive phenomenology, (4) descriptive pre-transcendental Husserlian phenomenology, and (5) Husserlian phenomenology based on a return from the transcendental. However, here we can only cover in a ...