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Meaning, Lived Experience, Empathy and Boredom: Max van Manen on Phenomenology and Heidegger

Paley, John (2018) Meaning, Lived Experience, Empathy and Boredom: Max van Manen on Phenomenology and Heidegger. Nursing Philosophy, 19 (3). e12211. ISSN 1466-7681 Online: 1466-769X

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Abstract

Phenomenology as Qualitative Research: A Critical Analysis of Meaning Attribution has attracted the attention of Max van Manen, who has published a highly critical review article. Anyone reading this article, but unfamiliar with the book, will get a distorted view of what it is about, whom it is addressed to, what it tries to achieve, and how it goes about presenting its arguments. Not mildly distorted, in need of the odd correction here and there, but systematically misrepresented. One problem is that van Manen appears to have an idée fixe which prevents him from recognizing that the book is not about a certain philosophical tradition (known as “phenomenology”), but about a particular type of qualitative research (also known, unfortunately and confusingly, as “phenomenology”). A second idée fixe disposes him to misread an earlier article of mine and (much more seriously) three works by Heidegger. My aim in this article is to describe these two idées fixes, and exhibit their consequences. In doing so, I will examine what van Manen has to say on four crucial topics: meaning, lived experience, empathy, and Heidegger's analysis of boredom in The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Heidegger, lived experience, meaning, phenomenology, subjectivity, van Manen
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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SWORD Depositor: Prof. Pub Router
Depositing User: Karol Kosinski
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2018 13:37
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 13:12
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6557

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