Phenomenology 2010

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2010

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

Scott D. Churchill
Pages 79-104

“Second Person” Perspectivity in Observing and Understanding Emotional Expression

This paper explores the “intentional layering” within an emotional experience that was examined in a qualitative research class devoted to “depth phenomenology.” The idea was to approach qualitative data as a starting point for delving more deeply into an experience than a research participant might originally have been able to go. We begin by examining the method of access by means of which the discovery of this “layering” was made. In remaining faithful to Husserl, we shall talk about doing phenomenology from within the intersubjective relation and shall reflect upon what, precisely, are the “affairs” to which Husserl invites us to return.