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In this article, I introduce an approach to the case-study method which is based on the work of German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976). Heidegger’s insights have been applied by philosophers and scholars to the social and health sciences, and this application has increased noticeably over the last decade. This article has been written so that non philosophers may benefit from Heidegger’s insights and apply them to their own research and practice. I begin with a description and overview of the shift in perspective that Heidegger has advocated, and how this shift has turned upside down the fields to which it has been applied using formal methods (e.g., object-oriented ontology; Harman, 2018). These fields, however, have primarily been nonhuman, and reveal the hidden depths of ordinary objects. When considering humans, the researcher must search the hidden depths of existence, which includes five interrelated components: embodiment, space, time, relatedness, and mood. Clear and illustrative examples are provided to demonstrate each of these existentials, with one key example drawn on throughout the article.
Martin Heidegger, existential phenomenology, phenomenological hermeneutics, qualitative methods, case study methods
Special thanks to Miles Groth for feedback on earlier versions of the article, and for the helpful suggestions and recommendations by journal reviewers and editors.
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Whitehead, P. (2021). Applying Heidegger to Case Study Research in the Medical and Social Sciences. The Qualitative Report, 26(10), 3014-3028. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4586
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