© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156916208X311610 Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 39 (2008) 33–58 www.brill.nl/jpp pheno menol ogical p s y c h ology jour nal of Concerning a Serious Misunderstanding of the Essence of the Phenomenological Method in Psychology Amedeo Giorgi Saybrook Graduate School Abstract In an earlier article, Edwards (1991) tried to establish that the Duquesne Phenomenological Research Method (DPRM) was simply a particular type of Case Study research method (CSRM) and he also reproached users of the DPRM for not developing theory. Th is article rebuts both of Edwards’s theses. DPRM is radically diﬀerent from CSRM in logic and in execution and the article demonstrates that the development of theory is not at all the intent of DPRM. Th e basic diﬃculty is that Edwards attempts to understand DPRM from an empirical philosophical perspective whereas a phenomenological philosophical perspective is required to understand DPRM correctly. Keywords phenomenological psychology, phenomenological method, case study method, description, theory Phenomenology is primarily a philosophy that was initiated by Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) at the beginning of the 20th Century. Husserl was a mathematician and logician who was concerned about the skeptical attacks being made against human beings’ eﬀorts to
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: CASE STUDY METHOD; PHENOMENOLOGICAL METHOD; PHENOMENOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY; DESCRIPTION; THEORY
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