The problem of how to define psychological phenomena

The problem of how to define experiential qualities is a major problem in empirical psychology. Empirical researchers struggle over what definitions to adopt, what theoretical terms to adopt, what ‘constructs’ can be legitimately ‘applied’ to make sense of, interpret, and study empirical data. Phenomenology shows that empiricism here undermines the legitimacy of psychological experiences by supposing that science must impose arbitrary, nominal definitions upon empirical material, which, by itself, supposedly cannot supply its meaning to us. […]

By |September 1st, 2016|Philosophy, Psychology, Science|0 Comments

Intuition in science: Hume, Kant, and Husserl

In Hume, Kant, and Husserl, “intuition” refers to the immediate sense or understanding apprehended in apprehending something – the original acquisition of data – as distinguished from those cases where we later apply reflective thinking and reasoning as a method to analyze and draw further implications from what we understand. […]

By |August 28th, 2016|Philosophy, Psychology, Science|0 Comments