Editor-in-Chief: James Morley (Ramapo College of New Jersey)
Review Editor: Magnus Englander (Malmö University, Sweden)
Editors Emeriti: Amedeo Giorgi, US; Frederick J. Wertz, US; Thomas F. Cloonan, US.
Consulting editors: Christopher Aanstoos (University of West Georgia); Marc Applebaum (Saybrook University); Peter Ashworth (Sheffield Hallam University); Scott Churchill (University of Dallas), Erik Craig (Private Practice Psychotherapy); Larry Davidson (Yale University); Magnus Englander (Malmö University); Linda Finlay (Open University, UK); Steen Halling (Seattle University); Bernd Jager (Université de Québec à Montréal); George Kunz (Seattle University); Alexandre Métraux (Université Nancy); Bertha Mook (University of Ottawa); Donald Moss (Haight Clinic, Michigan); Richard Rojcewicz (Duquesne University); Idun Røseth (Telemark Hospital, Skien); John Scanlon (Duquesne University); David L. Smith (Duquesne University); Daniel Sousa (University Institute, Lisbon); Massimilano Tarozzi (Universita di Trento); Christian Thiboutot (Universite du Quebec); Akihiro Yoshida (University of Tokyo); Richard Zaner (Vanderbilt University Medical School); Rodger E. Broomé (Utah Valley University); Louis Sass (Rutgers University)
Indexing and Abstracting
Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scolarly Literature
International Phillosophy Bibliography
Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen Gebieten des Wissens / International Bibliography of Periodicals from all Fields of Knowledge
Research Alert (Philadelphia)
Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
Science of Religion – Abstracts and Index of Recent Articles
Table of contents
JOURNAL OF PHENOMENOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY - CONTENTS VOLUME 43, NUMBER 1
Special Issue: The Phenomenological Psychological Method of Amedeo P. Giorgi
Amedeo P. Giorgi: The Descriptive Phenomenological
Magnus Englander: The Interview: Data Collection in Descriptive
Phenomenological Human Scientific Research
Marc Applebaum: Phenomenological Psychological Research as Science
Thomas F. Cloonan: The Employment of the Phenomenological Psychological
Method in the Service of Art Education
Amedeo Giorgi: S. Luft (2011) Subjectivity and Lifeworld in Transcendental
James Morley: F.J. Wertz, K. Charmaz, L. McMullen, R. Josselson, R. Anderson,
E. McSpadden (2011) Five ways of doing qualitative analysis: Phenomenological
psychology, grounded theory, discourse analysis, narrative research,
and intuitive inquiry
Stephen Rojcewicz: George E. Atwood (2011) The Abyss of Madness
The Phenomenological Psychological Method of Amedeo P. Giorgi
This Special Issue of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology is dedicated to the descriptive phenomenological psychological method that has been developed by Amedeo P. Giorgi, founder and editor emeritus of the Journal. Its four articles were originally published as a Special Issue in the Italian language in Encyclopaideia, XIV (27), which is a journal of phenomenology and education. Our Special Issue is the first presentation of the articles in their original English language.
The Journal of Phenomenological Psychology acknowledges and appreciates the Bononia University Press, the publisher of Encyclopaideia and the holder of copyright of articles published in it, for its permission for Brill to publish the four articles in their English-language form in our Journal. Special note is taken of the efforts of Massimiliano Tarozzi, editor of Encyclopaideia, that have facilitated our Special Issue as well as of the direction of Matteo Artoni in the original submission of the four articles to Encyclopaideia.
In the first article, Amedeo Giorgi explains his motivation for the development of a scientific phenomenological psychology. With a background in experimental psychology, Giorgi at the same time was concerned to study the whole person and to do so through a non-reductionistic method. He mentions the work of Edmund Husserl as offering a way of researching human beings that met the criteria that he was seeking. From out of this, Giorgi’s psychological phenomenological method developed based on Husserl’s work and on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Giorgi then briefly describes the method.
Magnus Englander examines interviewing from a descriptive, phenomenological, human scientific perspective. Englander covers the data collection issues of participant selection, number of participants, the interviewer and the questions that are posed, and data collection procedures. His conclusion is that phenomenological research methods in psychology must be critiqued from within a phenomenological theory of science. Marc Applebaum’s article addresses Husserl’s concerns for foundational science and his strong emphasis on the researcher’s self-responsibility, whose scientific praxis yields a knowledge that is perspectival and contextual. In his article, Applebaum criticizes four assumptions often encountered in response to Giorgi’s method that has mediated Husserl’s concerns for a scientific psychology.
Thomas F. Cloonan’s article is empirical in character. It presents a qualitative data-collection of interview transcripts and the phenomenological analyses and conclusions that come from the application of Giorgi’s phenomenological psychological method to the experiencing of a work of art in the context of art education,. The volume of content in an empirical qualitative article is by its nature extensive, and the Italian-language publication of the article required an abridgement of that amount of text, which had been already shortened before submission to Encyclopaideia. In this Special Issue, Cloonan’s article is presented with all the text of the English-language article before its Italian-language publication in Encyclopaideia.
“Phenomenological method” is a phrase that is now employed, it seems, with a rather generic understanding of the word “phenomenological.” The origin of the usage of the word within Continental philosophy is specifically in the work of Edmund Husserl. Some of the phenomenologies in today ‘s human science psychology appear to be nonspecific with respect to the history of Husserl’s philosophical phenomenology and its significance for a scientific phenomenological methodology. The specialness of this issue lies in its presentation of Amedeo P. Giorgi’s scientific phenomenological psychology. His is a phenomenology that addresses the history of Husserl’s work and that mediates it with rigor into a scientific methodology.
Thomas F. Cloonan
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology