Tag: Key Figures

Mohanty and Giorgi on Phenomenology: Philosophical and Psychological


Ramapo College Jitendranath Mohanty is one of the preeminent living phenomenological philosophers, an expert in Husserl’s phenomenology. He studied and taught in Germany, France, and the US with key people in the tradition including Hans Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, Hanna Arendt, Aron Gurwitsch, and Alfred Schutz. Amedeo Giorgi is one of the pioneers of qualitative… Read more »

Working With Ananke: Epictetian Lessons From Community Mental Health


Eight years ago, I made the fateful leap from doctoral training into community mental health, jumping headfirst into a clinical internship at a hospital in one of Brooklyn’s most impoverished inner city neighborhoods. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into at first, although I knew it would be tough, and I knew it… Read more »

Remembering a Life in a Dream


Editor’s Note: On May 25, 2013, various founding members, regular contributors, and guest contributors to the New Existentialists joined other family members, friends, and colleagues to celebrate the life of Dr. Eugene Taylor, a member of the Saybrook University executive faculty, a member of the faculty at Harvard University, and one of the founding members… Read more »

R. D. Laing: Infinitely Compassionate


Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion. Ronnie Laing was a Freudian to the extent that, like Freud, he was a deeply insightful and compassionate reader of people. He had the gift of unlocking the combination to the heart vault of virtually anyone and everyone with whom he came into contact. The experience of being “seen”… Read more »

The Future of Existential Psychology: A Bridge to Tragic Optimism


Viktor Frankl. Photo from Prof. Dr. Franz Vesely. 108 years ago in Vienna, a child was born, who, like many other children of that time, faced decades of existential challenges in his future such as had never been seen before in this world in such a concentration of cruelty, diversity and sustainability that was to… Read more »

Beacons of Humanistic Psychology: Dr. Fred Wertz, Fordham University, Part 2


Interviewing the Students of Dr. Wertz Richard Bargdill was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview three graduate students working with Dr. Wertz at Fordham University in New York. Sarah Kamens, Rachel Levine, and Miraj Desai were all interviewed at the very raucous Division 32 Hospitality Suite at the APA conference. Realizing that it… Read more »

Moustakasê Phenomenology: Husserlian?


Edmund Husserl Students new to phenomenological psychology often ask me what is the difference between Clark Moustakas’ and Amedeo Giorgi’s research methods, since both approaches are called “phenomenological.” In fact, there are major differences. In this post, I’ll examine Moustakas’ Phenomenological Research Methods (1994) from the perspective of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological philosophy. Naturally, I’ll… Read more »