Existential Phenomenology

Existential phenomenology is a study of subjective human experience as evidenced by beliefs, goals, feelings, thoughts, actions, social interactions, and the like. It interprets the human condition through the perspective of the individual being studied. This study of concrete existence values the volitions of humans in shaping the meaning of their lives.

For instance, a researcher using the existential phenomenology approach would interview a participant regarding his opinions, emotions, attitude, relationships, and other aspects of his subjective experience. Some of the notable existential phenomenologists include Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Todes, and Gabriel Marcel.

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