Human Studies

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Introduction: Postphenomenological Research

  • Don Ihde


This introduction to the special issue of Human Studies on postphenomenology outlines specific developments which have led to this style of phenomenology. Postphenomenology adapts aspects of pragmatism, including its anti-Cartesian program against early modern subject/object epistemology. Postphenomenology retains and emphasizes the use of phenomenological variations as an analytic tool, and in practice postphenomenology takes what is commonly now called “an empirical turn,” which deeply analyzes case studies or concrete issues under its purview.


Postphenomenology Technoscience Pragmatism Variations Empirical turn 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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