Abstract and Keywords
Clinical phenomenology weaves descriptive, structural, and transcendental threads. At the descriptive level, phenomenology does not end but starts with the confrontation to that which does not immediately appear in consciousness; an analysis is already required here, which brackets the dichotomy between normal and pathological, to consider the meaning of being human. Structurally, clinical phenomenology may perform an anthropological analysis aiming at characterizing the organization of any individual life; or it may seek to assume an ontological scope to determine the human openness to Being prevailing before intentionality cuts the subject apart from objects. A transcendental analysis may consider that the foundation of being-human is rooted in an anonymous, asubjective source of experience, to which one’s receptive openness would be impaired in psychopathology. In clinical phenomenology, one ought to consider how these different philosophical orientations may impact the encounter between a patient and a clinician.
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