phenomenological reduction

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phenomenological reduction (plural phenomenological reductions)

  1. (philosophy) In the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and his followers, a philosophical procedure intended to reveal the objects of consciousness as pure phenomena independently of any considerations of the existence of those objects and without the influence of inferential knowledge.
    • 1955, Aron Gurwitsch, "The Phenomenological and the Psychological Approach to Consciousness," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, vol. 15, no. 3, p. 306,
      The phenomenological reduction may be considered as a methodological device resorted to for the sake of arriving at radical and radically justified philosophical knowledge.