I'm reading the phenomenology page on IEP, which talks about the relation between phenomenology and science, and I must say, not that I haven't met with phenomenology before, but as it's presented on the page it seems that phenomenology is exactly the way science works nowadays, especially the idea of different aspects of the object, multiple experiments in multiple situations to have more comprehensive understanding of the object.

Is that true? Is our contemporary natural science works in the phenomenological method?

  • Phenomenology in the natural sciences usually means drawing out predictions from theory; for example you have string theory phenomenology. – Mozibur Ullah Feb 14 '18 at 19:25
  • @MoziburUllah see these quotes: "To grasp a scientific object, like a perceptual object, as a presence in the world, as “objective,” means, strangely enough, to grasp it as never totally given, but as having an unbounded number of profiles that are not simultaneously grasped. Such an object is embedded in a system of “referential implications” available to us to explore over time." "With sufficient apprehension of sampled profiles, “The unfamiliar object is … transformed …into a familiar object.”" – Yechiam Weiss Feb 14 '18 at 20:03
  • "But the object is never fully grasped in its complete presence, horizons remain, and the most one can hope for is for a thing to be given optimally in terms of the interests for which it is approached. And because theory and instruments are always changing, the same object will always be grasped with new profiles." – Yechiam Weiss Feb 14 '18 at 20:03
  • great quotes. Sometimes the familiar is transformed into something unfamiliar and new horizons open. Things 'doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange'. – Mozibur Ullah Feb 14 '18 at 20:45
  • @MoziburUllah so, my point being, at least as much as I've read in the page, the (kinda) inductive way of experimenting in different ways, different angles, different tests, seems to be drawn from phenomenology. Is that statement true? Or is it somehow the other way around, that Husserl draws the phenomenology lines of research from what was the experimental methods in his days? – Yechiam Weiss Feb 14 '18 at 20:49

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