1st Edition

Classic Writings for a Phenomenology of Practice

Edited By Michael van Manen, Max Van Manen Copyright 2021
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    Classic Writings for a Phenomenology of Practice features examples of newly translated classic phenomenological texts that have been largely forgotten or misunderstood. The writings are unique in that they speak to the practice of doing phenomenological research for the purpose of gaining insights and better understandings regarding aspects of professional practice and ordinary life phenomena and events.

    Phenomenology does not have to be impenetrable philosophy, dealing with tedious technical issues. Instead, phenomenology may offer relevance, value, and enduring allure to readers and researchers who are engaged with the quotidian life experiences and events of students, patients, clients, friends, and other individuals. This phenomenological approach aims to stay as close as possible to the ordinary events of everyday life: seeing the first smile of a child, feeling compulsive, being humorous, having a conversation, experiencing childhood secrecy, encountering new things—topics that span a manifold of life experiences. In this collection of classic phenomenological writings, each author is thoughtfully introduced, and each text is followed by a conversational descant: a reflection on the phenomenological reflection. 

    The presentation of these classic writings and their reflections aims to show us what it means to do phenomenology directly on the phenomena that we live—thus asking us to be attentive to the fascinating varieties and subtleties of primal lived experiences and consciousness in all its remarkable complexities. This book is relevant for scholars and students who are interested in human science research and the origins and practices of the phenomenological method.


    1.DOING PHENOMENOLOGY 2. Jan H. van den Berg 3. THE CONVERSATION, [Het Gesprek] 4. Descant on "The Conversation" 5. Frederik J.J. Buytendijk 6. THE FIRST SMILE OF THE CHILD, [De Eerste Glimlach van het Kind] 7. Descant on "The First Smile of the Child" 8. THE EXPERIENCE OF COMPULSIVENESS, [De Doorleefde Dwang] 9. Descant on "The Experience of Compulsiveness" 10. Martinus J. Langeveld 11. THE ‘SECRET PLACE’ IN THE LIFE OF THE CHILD, [De ‘Geheime Plaats’ in het Leven van het Kind] 12. Descant on "The ‘Secret Place’ in the Life of the Child" 13. The Thing in the World of the Child, [Das Ding in der Welt des Kindes] 14. Descant on "The Thing in the World of the Child" 15. Johannes Linschoten 16. ON HUMOUR [Over de Humor] 17. Descant on "On Humour"


    Michael van Manen is Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and Endowed Chair of Health Ethics and Director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has a clinical practice as a physician in neonatal-perinatal medicine with the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Max van Manen is Emeritus Professor in Research Methods, Pedagogy, and Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. His interests include phenomenological pedagogy, childhood's secrets, pedagogical tact, and phenomenological human science method.