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Phenomenology and Practical Human Science

  • John R. ScudderJr.
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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 26)

Abstract

I have been primarily concerned with the phenomenology of the human sciences, especially education and health care. Originally I was an American intellectual historian, then became a philosopher focusing on education and recently on health care. Like many American philosophers, I came to phenomenology by a circuitous route. My journey began with the study of William James as a student of American intellectual history. It took a new direction when I joined those academics who, following the leadership of James B. Conant, worked to reform public education in the early 1960’s. However, when I realized that strictly following Conant’s tenet, that current trends in academic disciplines should dictate the course of education, meant adopting an analytic philosophy of education, I chose a different course. Rather than focusing on talk about education, I began applying the insights of existentialism to educational practice. The inadequacies of “popular existentialism” led me to seek a more adequate philosophy of education in phenomenology.

Keywords

Health Care Public Education Academic Discipline Educational Practice Analytic Philosophy 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

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