Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 691–730 | Cite as

Discovering the structures of lived experience

Towards a micro-phenomenological analysis method
  • Claire PetitmenginEmail author
  • Anne Remillieux
  • Camila Valenzuela-Moguillansky


This paper describes a method for analyzing a corpus of descriptions collected through micro-phenomenological interviews. This analysis aims at identifying the structure of the singular experiences which have been described, and in particular their diachronic structure, while unfolding generic experiential structures through an iterative approach. After summarizing the principles of the micro-phenomenological interview, and then describing the process of preparation of the verbatim, the article presents on the one hand, the principles and conceptual devices of the analysis method and on the other hand several dimensions of the analysis process: the modes of structural unfolding of generic structures, the mutual guidance of the processes of structural and experiential unfolding, the tracking of analysis processes, and finally the assessment of analysis results.


Entretien d’explicitation Micro-phenomenology Micro-phenomenological interview Micro-phenomenological analysis Qualitative analysis Diachronic structure Synchronic structure 



We thank Shirley Carter-Thomas for the linguistic revision of the article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Mines-Télécom Business SchoolParisFrance
  2. 2.Archives Husserl, École Normale SupérieureParisFrance
  3. 3.Laboratory of Micro-phenomenologyParisFrance
  4. 4.Laboratorio de Fenomenología Corporal y Experiencia Musical, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad Diego PortalesSantiagoChile

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