The phenomenological movement: implications for nursing research


  • A J Walters RN PhD FRCNA

    1. Honorary Researcher (Nursing), and Head, Surgical and Paediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Health Studies, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, Australia
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This paper presents a comparison of the phenomenologies of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger with the aim of highlighting some of the critical distinctions between these two 'schools’ of phenomenology concerning the methodological implications of each approach for nursing research Specifically, the paper examines the implications of epistemology versus ontology, issues relating to validity, the involvement of the researcher, and aspects relating to interpretation