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any help for a 14 year old boy who doesnt understand what this means

Phenomenology has a lot of different meanings. Quite often though it looks at what we can learn from human experience, e.g., by asking someone to tell you about an experience and then recording and analysing what is said for research purposes. Hope that helped. ---> Tooironic 04:23, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

I don't contribute here, but I don't think this definition is particularly accurate, or informative. Perhaps better on both counts is this, found in the first sentence in the relevant article at the SEP( : "Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view." Just a suggestion. Kingshowman (talk) 23:01, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

To be more specific, the definition given is wrong, because Phenomenology is not based on the "premise" that reality only consists of such subjective mental experience, but "brackets" this question, and is a method of philosophy that studies reality from such a perspective. So the SEP definition is more accurate and informative, and I propose someone else make the change away from the current misleading definition, which represents phenomenology as a substantive doctrine, which it does not appear to be. Kingshowman (talk) 23:06, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Secondary definitions from other fields?Edit

Doesn't this word have secondary meanings in other fields? I have in mind, say, Physics or Anthropology, where I'm not sure the term 'Phenomenology' is intended in Husserl or Heidegger's sense.Kingshowman (talk) 17:29, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

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