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Issues about thinking phenomenologically while doing phenomenology

Journal article
Authors Inger Berndtsson
Silwa Claesson
Febe Friberg
Joakim Öhlén
Published in Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 256-277
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Education, Special Needs Education Unit
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Department of Education, Learning and Teaching Unit
Pages 256-277
Language en
Keywords methodology, lifeworld ontology, empirical phenomenological studies
Subject categories Nursing, Pedagogy


This methodological article explores issues related to having the ontological ground for phenomenological empirical research present throughout the research process. We discuss how ontology needs to be taken into consideration regarding the phenomena to be studied and how ontological aspects of phenomena need to be highlighted during various data collection and analysis procedures. Here, we discuss how philosophical works can be used in the context of specific research projects. In illustrating our statements, we present four empirical examples connected to the themes of life changes and learning processes with the purpose of exemplifying and discussing how general lifeworld ontology can be integrated as an active resource in empirical phenomenological research.

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