In this article, phenomenology, both in its philosophical and methodological variants, is introduced in the form of a fictional dialogue between a student justifying her interest in using a post-intentional phenomenological approach in her dissertation to her major professor. The dialogue tackles founding philosophers, notably Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty; contemporary researchers, including A. Giorgi, B. Giorgi, van Manen, and Vagle; several phenomenological concepts, such as intentionality, bracketing, and bridling; and provides examples of three distinct approaches to phenomenological research.


Phenomenology, Post-Intentional Phenomenology, Bridling, Bracketing, Intentionality

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Katherine E. Soule is an advisor for the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Youth, Families, and Communities Program. Her interests are in social justice and inclusion. In addition to her programmatic focus, Katherine is interested in advancing program evaluation and needs assessments through qualitative methodologies. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Katherine Soule, University of California Cooperative Extension, 2156 Sierra Way, Suite C, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Email: kesoule@ucanr.edu.

Melissa Freeman is a professor of qualitative research methodologies in the University of Georgia’s College of Education. Her research focuses on the variety of theoretical perspectives and analytical strategies in the construction of meaning and understanding, language and dialogue in philosophical and phenomenological hermeneutics, and alternative forms of representation in research and evaluation. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Melissa Freeman, University of Georgia, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy (Qualitative Research), 303 River’s Crossing, 850 College Station Rd., Athens, GA 30602. Email: freeman9@uga.edu.

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