Phenomenology: to wonder and search for meanings
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Phenomenology: to wonder and search for meanings

Susan Kleiman Assistant Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, City University of New York, US

Simone de Beauvoir, who was Jean-Paul Sartre’s long-time companion, lover and collaborator, told the story of how Sartre became very emotional upon hearing of Husserl’s new method of phenomenological inquiry, which presented him with the very tool he had been searching for to formulate and communicate his thoughts (Desan 1965). The occasion was a night in Paris, where Raymond Aron, distinguished French sociologist, philosopher, historian and journalist, was drinking with the couple when he mentioned phenomenology. Aron used a beer mug to illustrate phenomenology, discussing the mug’s properties and essence (Wyatt 2003).

Nurse Researcher. 11, 4, 7-19. doi: 10.7748/nr2004.

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