Volume 14 · Number 2 · Pages 216–218
The Constitution of a Pathological World: Phenomenology as an Experiential and Constitutive Approach

Jean-Daniel Thumser

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Open peer commentary on the article “Applying the Neurophenomenological Approach to the Study of Trauma: Theory and Practice Yochai Ataria, Mooli Lahad & Omer Horovitz The Study of Trauma” by Yochai Ataria, Mooli Lahad & Omer Horovitz. Abstract: Linking phenomenology with natural sciences, in this case experimental psychology, is a major ambition, but is methodologically difficult. My goal here is to grasp (a) whether the design proposed by Ataria et al. may renew the studies related to neurophenomenology, and (b) whether it may help the researcher to apprehend what a trauma is from a first-person perspective and a third-person perspective. I argue that rather than being an auxiliary science that is only supposed to give an experiential underpinning to natural sciences, neurophenomenology must instead be phenomenological. In this perspective I suggest returning to Husserl’s teaching and innovative approaches such as micro- and cardiophenomenology in order to develop a non-reductionist approach to subjective life.


Thumser J.-D. (2019) The constitution of a pathological world: Phenomenology as an experiential and constitutive approach. Constructivist Foundations 14(2): 216–218. https://constructivist.info/14/2/216

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