Definition of phenomenology
1 : the study of the development of human consciousness and self-awareness as a preface to or a part of philosophy
2a (1) : a philosophical movement that describes the formal structure of the objects of awareness and of awareness itself in abstraction from any claims concerning existence (2) : the typological classification of a class of phenomena the phenomenology of religionb : an analysis produced by phenomenological investigation
phenomenologistplay \fi-ˌnä-mə-ˈnä-lə-jist\ noun
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Andrija Puharich is the pioneer of the book, the man who monetized and institutionalized psychic phenomenology.
Mayberg’s work, for instance, reveals something vital about both the physiology and phenomenology of depression — namely, that depression is not simply an absence or a lack but the instantiation of a network run amok.
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Origin and Etymology of phenomenology
German Phänomenologie, from Phänomenon phenomenon + -logie -logy
First Known Use: circa 1797See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of phenomenology
: the way in which one perceives and interprets events and one's relationship to them in contrast both to one's objective responses to stimuli and to any inferred unconscious motivation for one's behavior; also : a psychology based on the theory that phenomenology determines behavior
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