Arvidson publishes "Between Phenomenology and Psychology"

January 17, 2015

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Sven Arvidson, director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and senior faculty fellow of the Center for Faculty Development, published "Between Phenomenology and Psychology: The Interdisciplinary Example of Aron Gurwitsch" in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology (founded 1970).

The essay uses current thinking about interdisciplinarity to bring together Husserlian philosophy and Gestalt psychology. Interdisciplinary processes highlighted include justifying using an interdisciplinary approach, identifying conflicts between disciplinary insights, creating common ground between concepts and constructing a more comprehensive understanding. The ultimate goal is to bring interdisciplinary studies into productive conversation with phenomenological psychology, and Gurwitsch's work can be taken as a kind of case study or adaptable model of how to find convergence.