Phenomenology of Intuition


One of my questions is how to study such a complex phenomenon like intuition. There are numerous definitions and theories. Some are philosophical and very hard to crasp, others are simpler and easy to follow, like in cognitive science or in management studies. You can take a look at the complex field of understandings from the list of concepts and descriptions about intuition I made a few days ago.

One of the possible paths taken by some educational researchers, like Johansson and Kroksmark (2004) as well as Ruth-Sahd and Tisdell (2007), is a phenomenological inquiry.

Max van Manen, a well known phenomenologist in education, has said that

phenomenologists are mainly interested in how people experience the world

This quotation is from an article he wrote in 2002 with the title “Researching the experience of Pedagogy“.

I think that this is only admirable when people share their articles and materials online. It is how I consider the Academia should be acting, instead of hiding the information and selling it to a high price, the research outcomes should be shared to people interesed  in learning and getting to know things. In that respect van Manen is a good example of how you can do it.

While searching for materials about phenomenology, I also came across an online database called Phenomenology onlineSeems that  van Manen and the online resource about phenomenology are connected, this is what I came about while reading the online biography of van Manen.

There has been a journal that is now online and open access Education and phenomenology journal also conneted to the two previous sources.

van Manen has also written about practice and its phenomenology:

Phenomenology of practice is formative of sensitive practice, issuing from the pathic power of phenomenological reflections. Pathic knowing inheres in the sense and sensuality of our practical actions, in encounters with others and in the ways that our bodies are responsive to the things of our world and to the situations and relations in which we find ourselves.

by Max von Manen (2007:11) in The Phenomenology of Practice

I should also mention that Phenomenology, as a methodological path, has deep roots in history of philosophical thought. There are names like Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau Ponty and others. Thick books filled with difficult concepts and thoughts to grasp…

From this historical tradition of thought, I have just received two examples of readings, that are here in front of me at the moment. I would of course like to cover these sometimes in the nearest future. But it is summer, you know… so I make no final promises just yet.

Martin Heideggers Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression, English translation from 2010.

Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression is a crucial text for understanding the early development of Heidegger’s thought. This lecture course was presented in the summer semester of 1920 at the University of Freiburg. At the center of this course is Heidegger’s elaboration of the meaning and function of the phenomenological destruction. In no other work by Heidegger do we find as comprehensive a treatment of the theme of destruction as in this lecture course. Culminating in a destruction of contemporaneous philosophy in terms of its understanding of ‘life’ as a primal phenomenon, this lecture course can be seen to open the way towards a renewal of the meaning of philosophy as such. /short introduction from

Emmanuel Levinas The Theory of Intuition in Husserl´s Phenomenology. Second Ed. originally from 1930 and my version to English first in seventies.

Emmanuel Levinas discusses the aspects and functions of intuition in Husserl´s thought and its meaning for philosophical self-reflection. An essential and illuminating explication of central issues in Husserl`s phenomenology.
/short introduction from the back of the book/

That is just a starting point of my journey and you are welcome to join in reading my posts here and at “Intuitions“. You may also want to be involved in the discussions that are taking place in LinkedIn group called Intuition and learning or read about the not so theoretical at all Intuitive pedagogy course at Solvik Sweden that took place between the 30th of July and 5 of August.

All suggestions for further materials and readings are welcome as  comments or to my e-mail