What is Phenomenology: Definition and 23 Discussions

Phenomenology (from Greek phainómenon "that which appears" and lógos "study") is the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness. As a philosophical movement it was founded in the early years of the 20th century by Edmund Husserl and was later expanded upon by a circle of his followers at the universities of Göttingen and Munich in Germany. It then spread to France, the United States, and elsewhere, often in contexts far removed from Husserl's early work.
Phenomenology is not a unified movement; rather, different authors share a common family resemblance but also with many significant differences. Gabriella Farina states:A unique and final definition of phenomenology is dangerous and perhaps even paradoxical as it lacks a thematic focus. In fact, it is not a doctrine, nor a philosophical school, but rather a style of thought, a method, an open and ever-renewed experience having different results, and this may disorient anyone wishing to define the meaning of phenomenology.Phenomenology, in Husserl's conception, is primarily concerned with the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. Phenomenology can be clearly differentiated from the Cartesian method of analysis which sees the world as objects, sets of objects, and objects acting and reacting upon one another.
Husserl's conception of phenomenology has been criticized and developed not only by him but also by students and colleagues such as Edith Stein, Max Scheler, Roman Ingarden, and Dietrich von Hildebrand, by existentialists such as Nicolai Hartmann, Gabriel Marcel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Jean-Paul Sartre, by hermeneutic philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur, by later French philosophers such as Jean-Luc Marion, Michel Henry, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida, and by sociologists such as Alfred Schütz and Eric Voegelin.

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  1. ohwilleke

    A What New Experiments, If Any, Would Help Determine Light Quark Masses?

    The experimentally measured properties of protons and neutrons are known with exquisite detail. Our data is not quite as extremely precise, but still very good more other baryons and mesons with light quarks (u, d, and s) as valence quarks, such as pions and kaons. Yet, on a percentage basis...
  2. JD_PM

    A Branching ratios | Higgs phenomenology

    Hi everyone! I am studying Higgs phenomenology, in particular its BRs My line of reasoning is this: I first had a look at the decays where the Higgs particle couples directly (i.e. without intermediate particles) to the products; those are ##H^0 \to b \bar b, \ H^0 \to \tau \bar \tau##...
  3. A

    Amplitude with Feynman diagrams and gluon propagators

    The term which is relevant for the calculus is: $$ \bar u(p) \gamma^\alpha \frac{1}{\displaystyle{\not}p+\not k} \gamma^\nu \frac{1}{\displaystyle{\not}p'-\not k} \gamma^\beta v(p') \frac{k_\alpha k_\beta}{k^2} $$ $$ \bar u(p) \displaystyle{\not}k \frac{1}{\displaystyle{\not}p+\not k}...
  4. ohwilleke

    I Is high redshift data a problem for ΛCDM?

    A couple of papers in the last couple of years identify problems with the ΛCDM "standard model of cosmology" based upon high redshift astronomy observations. Have there been adequate responses to these concerns? Charles L. Steinhardt, et al., "The Impossibly Early Galaxy Problem" (June 3...
  5. ohwilleke

    I Muon g-2 as a constraint on new physics

    I. Background The magnetic moment of the muon, g, is predicted by the Standard Model, to be equal to 2 and a bit more, with the quantity that we look at being g-2. We have both experimental measurements and theoretical predictions that are close to each other to many significant digits, but...
  6. J

    A Is it possible that a particle is much heavier through a loop correction

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  7. ohwilleke

    I Domain of Applicability of Post-Newtonian Formalism

    The parameterized post-Newtonian formalism is an approximation of general relativity that is easier to calculate with that applies in "weak" gravitational fields where objects are "slow" moving. My question is: "What is the approximate domain of applicability of the post-Newtonian formalism?"...
  8. S

    A What are the current hot topics in phenomenology research?

    I am giving an informal talk in my research group and was wondering what are the hottest research papers in phenomenology as of now. Any help would be great.
  9. S

    Switching from phenomenology Masters to machine learning PhD

    I am doing a Masters in theoretical physics. It's been half a year since I've begun my Masters. Recently, I find myself intrigued by machine learning and would like to do a PhD in machine learning after I finish my Masters in theoretical physics. I am rather afraid to break it to my supervisor...
  10. R

    Other Phenomenology vs theoretical physics -- What should I choose?

    Hi I am an undergraduate student of physics in the university of Athens. I am reaching my final year of studying and we are asked to select and work with one of our professors so that we can make a (barchelors) thesis about a specific specialization. I have know for a long time that I want to...
  11. ohwilleke

    What do the gravity waves seen by LIGO imply for QG?

    LIGO will apparently announce on February 11, the detection at five plus sigma of gravity waves (3 solar masses of energy worth in about 100 seconds) emitted as two medium sized black holes of about 65 solar masses combined spiral into each other and merge into a single Kerr (i.e. spinning)...
  12. M

    A Koide, neutrinos, and phenomenology

    Compared to the other fermions, I have always had much less interest in Koide mass formulas for neutrinos. There is less data, and neutrino mass works differently anyway (Dirac plus Majorana, whereas the other fermions are just Dirac). But today that has changed. First, today we have a paper...
  13. marcus

    Exploring Quantum Gravity Phenomenology: Experiments with Interferometry

    Sabine Hossenfelder recently wrote a blog post containing this parenthetical remark: "(I had meant to write a summary of which possible experiments for quantum gravity pheno are presently being discussed and how plausible I think they are to deliver results, but I got distracted by Dyson’s above...
  14. haushofer

    Good phenomenology book for a theorist

    Hi, I'm looking for a good book on particle physics phenomenology/nuclear physics. I'm having books like that of Das&Ferbel and Povh&Rith from my undergraduates, but often there I think there is not enough emphasis on the theoretical basis underlying it all. So does someone have good...
  15. M

    M-theory phenomenology - homework exercise

    In the current long thread discussing string theory, https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=2982921": I replied So here is the promised thread. As I said, I think it's unlikely that this number from the 11-dimensional theory would show up so directly in 4 dimensions. But it would be...
  16. A

    Research in high energy phenomenology.

    For doing research in high energy physics phenomenology, specially in physics beyond standard model, what background should one have? What are the tools researchers in this area generally use? Do you think research in this area to be hard? In phenomenology papers, sometimes very complicated and...
  17. MTd2

    Self-dual Black Holes in LQG: Theory and Phenomenology: (title of the article)

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  18. Demystifier

    Theory vs Phenomenology: Understanding the Difference in Theoretical Physics

    Theoretical physics, especially high energy physics, is often further divided into "theory" and "phenomenology". Since both refer to theoretical (not experimental) physics, what exactly the difference between them is? I would say that 1. Theory concerns general principles and methods of...
  19. marcus

    Bee's new paper on QG phenomenology

    It's a good paper. She delivered it in June at the Irvine SUSY 06 conference but we didnt get to see it until now. It has a confusing passage on page 2, at the bottom, right before the Feynman diagram on page 3. ===quote=== In contrast to the asymptotic momenta p, the wave-vector k of the...
  20. Y

    Can higgs-like potential be derived from string phenomenology?

    I just wonder if there are any known models that suggest higgs-like potential (Sigma a phi_a^2-constant)^2 in string phenomenology.
  21. R

    Question on Phenomenology of Einsteins Field Equations

    I am only just starting to realize that there is a correspondence between quantum field theory and Einsteins field equations. In QFT the approach is to write the Lagrangian and then to solve the Euler Lagrange equation to obtain the equations of motion of the field. In GR it seems that...
  22. S

    Ghosts/haunting phenomenology?

    lately I have been looking at the cultural aspects of ghost/haunting phenomenology and it has struck me that these 'events' don't reside in a well defined category of plausibility at all- speaking with some Asian friends I've discovered that in Asia and the East- that ghosts/hauntings are NOT...
  23. M

    Hetero phenomenology definition in philosophy

    Dennett's own explanation of heterophenomenology. Tell me what you think.