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"What Is phenomenology?" Reduced & revised for clarity from 2003 article by Michael D'Aleo | Goethean Science Discussions
Reduced and revised for clarity from "What Is phenomenology?" Article written by Michael D'Aleo originally published in the Waldorf Science Newsletter, Volume 10, #19 Fall 2003. In 2017 the original still available at Phenomenology is the way human beings come to understand the world through direct experience... (Littlejohn & Koss, 2011, p. 47) ... Phenomenology does not have its origin in Waldorf education. It comes from European Continental Philosophy of the late 17th and early 18th century. While people familiar with Waldorf schools know Goethe (1749-1832) and Steiner (1861-1925) advocated such an approach, parallel efforts exist by Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762), Johannes Mueller (1801-1858) and Edmund Husserl (1859-1938). Q: Is Goethean-Seinerian Phenomenology limited to just a few dead geniuses? A: Not at all. In reading the writings of any of the great historical scientists, one finds references to