The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Huessrlian Approach

The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Huessrlian Approach

This comprehensive work from one of the leading thinkers in humanistic psychology provides a thorough discussion of the phenomenological foundations for qualitative research in psychology. Amedeo Giorgi’s examination operates out of the intersection of phenomenological philosophy, science, and psychology; such a multidisciplinary approach allows him to challenge several long-standing assumptions about the practice of psychology. Giorgi asserts that empiricism is not the best philosophy for grounding the science of psychology—rather, the broader phenomenological theory of science permits more adequate psychological development.

Giorgi draws from Husserl’s philosophical principles the reasons for conducting research in psychology, and then offers practical steps for applying a phenomenological method and real examples of applications of the method. In fact, Giorgi proposes a method that is theoretically grounded in phenomenological philosophy and yet treats empirically derived data. This is a rigorous but open qualitative research method that is tolerant of pararational givens as well as one that is supportive of rational criteria.

The analyses and methods presented in Phenomenological Method in Psychology will be attractive to psychologists, phenomenologists, and researchers involved in qualitative research throughout social and human science disciplines.

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  1. Sean M. Saiter "attractorbasin" said,

    Wrote on December 22, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
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    This review is from: The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Huessrlian Approach (Paperback)

    Giorgi’s approach is admittedly one of many. However, considering his prolific output over the years and his excellent and rigorous scholarship, I must say that this book represents the very best in the field. In fact, it is no accident that his method (which emerged over the course of a several years from the Duquesne school of phenomenological psychology) has become the standard in psychology and related social/human science disciplines. If you want the very latest and up-to-date version of his work, you would do well to read this book. It took me some time to warm-up to Giorgi’s approach as I wanted something that seemed more interpretive and hermeneutic for my dissertation research. Yet, I kept coming back to his approach because it is simply solid and very grounded in the tradition. As I deepened my understanding of Husserl, in particular, I came to truly appreciate the robust nature of Giorgi’s work. This is for serious scholar-researchers. I highly recommend it.

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  2. Shirley Graham "shirley" said,

    Wrote on December 22, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
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    This book is very easy to read and makes perfect sense.

    The method of descriptive phenomenology is clearly defined and articulated

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  3. Curiosa said,

    Wrote on December 22, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Essential to my doctoral research, February 13, 2011
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    My copy of this book is falling apart, literally. It was indispensable as I did my phenomenologically-based research study.The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Huessrlian Approach

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