ERIC Number: ED206966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
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Existential/Phenomenology as a Philosophical Base for a Feminist Psychology.
Boukydis, Kathleen McGuire
Concepts of existential/phenomenology philosophy more closely reflect women's experience of the world and provide a better base for a feminist science of psychology. Womens' experience includes basic cooperation, nurturance, empathy, and egalitarian morality. Logical positivist psychology discriminates against women by excluding inner experiencing as a subject matter for study and phenomenological exploration as a method of inquiry. Concepts from existential/phenomenology philosophy which are basic ways of being for humans include: (1) "existence precedes essence"; (2) the human's "being-in-the-world" as essentially relational and interactional; (3) "process" vs. "content" variables (Gendlin); and (4) the phenomenological methodology of grounding theoretical concepts in felt experiencing rather than logical deduction or empirical observation. Existential/phenomenological philosophy taps into variables basic to women's experience of the world and is a valid starting point for future theoretical work. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology (8th, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 1981).