Eidetic and empirical research
a hermeneutic complementarity
One benefit of this book is to demonstrate the utility of philosophical inquiry in issues pertinent to clinical and research aspects of schizophrenia. Recently there has been renewed interest in the general role of philosophy in psychiatry, (Spitzer 1990, and this volume) as well as the role of phenomenological philosophy in medicine (Berrios 1989). In this paper I hope to illuminate the role of phenomenology in scientific research (particularly the human sciences), using examples from psychiatric research in psychotic illness. I will primarily describe the potential utility of phenomenological inquiry in empirical research, and secondarily, the converse: the utility of empirical research in phenomenological research. By describing the complementarity of phenomenological and empirical research, I also hope to suggest (but not really explore carefully) a complementarity between the continental and analytic philosophical traditions. In order to accomplish these goals, I will first describe some salient features of the general scientific process as I have conceived it in prior work.
Sadler, J.Z. (1992)., Eidetic and empirical research: a hermeneutic complementarity, in M. Spitzer, M. A. Schwartz & M. A. Schwartz (eds.), Phenomenology, language & schizophrenia, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 103-114.
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