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Phenomenology

Bev Taylor

In this chapter, we turn our attention to an early 20th-century philosophical tradition, which opened up for systematic and in-depth discussion, areas of inquiry relating to human consciousness and experience. The development of phenomenology as a methodology for research inquiry came about as a result of philosophical debates about the purposes and means for understanding phenomena, as potential answers to epistemological and ontological questions.

At the outset, I need to alert you to the possibility that you may begin to feel overwhelmed by the immensity and complexity of phenomenological thought, because it is the ‘bread and butter’ of philosophers, who are properly skilled in tackling epistemological and ontological ...

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