Category: Edition 2 - September 2002


pdf.png Editorial for Volume 2, Edition 2 (September 2002) - By Editor-in-Chief  


A recent debate on an email list server to promote the discussion of philosophical issues in nursing, drew attention to the “varieties” of phenomenological research. One of the contributors, John Paley, drew attention to the lack of continuity between Husserlian Phenomenology and the practice of phenomenology by nurse researchers who often focus upon "what's it like for them" type of studies. The same comments may be directed at a range of disciplinary groups that have various traditions of focussing upon explicating the experience of phenomena as experienced by participants in contrast to describing the phenomena as the phenomena presents itself to the observer. While both projects result in descriptions the underlying questions, assumptions and intent of each approach are quite different. ...

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pdf.png Heal My Heart: Stories of Hurt and Healing from Group Therapy - By Zelda Knight  


This paper records four stories that emerged from four group therapy members. These stories are stories of fundamentally broken hearts. I utilise this material to address two psychological phenomena in group therapy - self-disclosure and the corrective emotional experience. The overarching theoretical framework is the existential approach to group therapy, and the underlying theoretical assumptions of relational psychoanalysis applied to group therapy. In the context of the material I present several theoretical points. Some of the chief points are the notion of the “in-between-ness of healing” and the importance of two processes in healing - i) the process of telling the story (remembering) in such as way that it is relived both emotionally and physically, and ii) followed closely by a corrective emotional experience. The emphasis in this paper is that remembering and reliving in therapy is not enough and a corrective emotional experience is required. Broadening this perspective of the healing mechanism of a corrective emotional experience, a principle argument of this paper is that the therapeutic action in group therapy (as it can be in individual therapy) is not insight but a new relationship.

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pdf.png Experiencing the Meaning of Exercise - By Steve Edwards  


This article sets out to explore the essential meaning of the experience of exercise through obtaining descriptions of the experience of exercise in relation to various questions about the nature of this experience. The paper proceeds to discuss contemporary research related to aspects of the exercise experience and uses poetry as a vehicle to sensitize readers to the subtleties of the experiences associated with exercise. Using a qualitative methodology, forty three culturally-diverse postgraduate students were given a questionnaire that examined their communal and personal experiences of exercise. Participants were divided into five focus groups, each participating in discussions regarding exercise and its effects. The research outcomes indicate that exercise was generally viewed positively by individuals, and that exercise was felt to be a shared communal experience that fostered cooperation and interaction. The paper concludes by discussing how exercise facilitates an appreciation of the world, and reminds readers that exercise is more than just physical activity, and importantly is a "celebration of the human spirit".

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pdf.png Accounting for Experience: Phenomenological Argots and Sportive Life-worlds - By John Hughson and David Inglis  


According to a certain position formulated within the philosophical school of post-structuralism, attempts to reconstruct forms of consciousness are themselves textual fabrications, and should be relinquished in favour of other, more 'textual' forms of analysis. This paper argues that phenomenologists should not reject this critique outright, for it compels them to think more carefully about the appropriateness of particular terminologies for the representation and comprehension of particular life-worlds. To this end, the vocabulary of Maurice Merleau-Ponty is delineated and considered as to its appropriateness for the study of sportive life-worlds in particular, and that of soccer play more particularly. A Merleau-Pontian analysis of the latter is offered, and it is contended that whilst certain problems are attendant upon its use, it nonetheless stands as a vital resource for understanding such a form of activity.

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pdf.png BOOK REVIEW (by Stuart Devenish) - The Dancing Sharma: A Review of 'To the Things Themselves'  


Arvind Sharma (2001). To the Things Themselves: Essays on the Discourse and Practice of the Phenomenology of Religion.  Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter
Hard Cover (311 pages)
Price: US$75 (de Gruyter 2001), US$85 (Amazon 2002)

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