Dan Zahavi – Phenomenology and Qualitative Research

Phenomenology and Qualitative Research – Dan Zahavi  (University of Copenhagen / University of Oxford).


In my talk, I will discuss how best to conduct phenomenological qualitative research. I will start by briefly discussing the different contemporary approaches of Giorgi, van Manen, and Smith and consider some recent criticisms they have been subjected to. I will then first contrast these approaches with work done by phenomenological psychologists and psychiatrists in the first part of the 20th century. I will then move forward in time and take a closer look at recent attempts to naturalize phenomenology and exemplify how ideas from phenomenology have been put to productive use in the fields of neuropathology, psychopathology, and developmental psychology.