Epistemology, Ethics, and Meaning in Unusually Personal Scholarship

  • Amber Esping

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Case Studies

  3. Epistemology and Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Amber Esping
      Pages 125-142
    3. Amber Esping
      Pages 179-182
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 183-187

About this book


This book uses Viktor Frankl’s Existential Psychology (logotherapy) to explore the ways some professors use unusually personal scholarship to discover meaning in personal adversity. A psychiatrist imprisoned for three years in Nazi concentration camps, Frankl believed the search for meaning is a powerful motivator, and that its discovery can be profoundly therapeutic. Part I begins with four stories of professors finding meaning. Using the case studies as a foundation, Part II investigates issues of epistemology and ethics in unusually personal research from an existential perspective. The book offers advice for graduate students and faculty who want to live and work more meaningfully in the academy.


Educational Psychology Mesearch Existentialism Phenomenology Research Methodology Authoethnography Indigenous Inquiry Humanistic Psychology Existential Psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Amber Esping
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthUSA

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