phenomenology[fə näm′ə näl′ə jē]
- Phenomenology is the philosophical study of observed unusual people or events as they appear without any further study or explanation.
An example of phenomenology is studying the green flash that sometimes happens just after sunset or just before sunrise.
- the philosophical study of phenomena, as distinguished from ontology, the study of being; specif., such a study of perceptual experience in its purely subjective aspect
- a descriptive or classificatory account of the phenomena of a given body of knowledge, without any further attempt at explanation
Origin of phenomenologyphenomenon + -logy
- A philosophy or method of inquiry based on the premise that reality consists of objects and events as they are perceived or understood in human consciousness and not of anything independent of human consciousness.
- A movement based on this, originated about 1905 by Edmund Husserl.
(countable and uncountable, plural phenomenologies)