Phenomenology and Psychological Science

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

  • Peter D. Ashworth
  • Man Cheung Chung

Part of the History and Philosophy of Psychology book series (HPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Man Cheung Chung, Peter D. Ashworth
    Pages 1-9
  3. Amedeo Giorgi
    Pages 45-68
  4. Karin Dahlberg
    Pages 89-100
  5. Paul S. MacDonald
    Pages 101-122
  6. Peter D. Ashworth, Man Cheung Chung
    Pages 197-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-216

About this book


Phenomenological studies of human experience are a vital component of caring professions such as counseling and nursing, and qualitative research has had increasing acceptance in American psychology. At the same time, the debate continues over whether phenomenology is legitimate science, and whether qualitative approaches carry any empirical validity.

Ashworth and Chung’s Phenomenology and Psychological Science places phenomenology firmly in the context of psychological tradition. And to dispel the basic misconceptions surrounding this field, the editors and their seven collaborators trace the evolution of phenomenological philosophy (including the work of Sartre and Heidegger) and its parallel impact on psychological science, revealing key points of compatibility:

  • The phenomenological roots of mainstream psychology
  • Controversies within phenomenology on the nature of consciousness
  • Existentialist currents in contemporary psychology
  • The value of qualitative methods in science-based practice
  • Applications of phenomenology in case conceptualization and therapy
  • Possibilities for qualitative-based research

The unique presentation of its subject makes this volume a source of considerable interest for readers involved in theoretical and historical psychology. It will also prove to be important reading for the professional or advanced student concerned with the search for meaning that unites philosophy and psychology.


Counseling Edmund Husserl Jean-Paul Sartre Martin Heidegger concept development phenomenology psychoanalysis psychology science

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter D. Ashworth
    • 1
  • Man Cheung Chung
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology Teaching UnitUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-33760-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-33762-3
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