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Hermeneutic Research

An Experiential Method


Edited By Sunnie D. Kidd, Jim Kidd and Omar S. Alattas

Hermeneutic Research: An Experiential Method presents a method to investigate lived experiences. In doing so, this book integrates a broad range of philosophical topics, such as hermeneutics, the philosophy of consciousness, and the philosophy of being. We are conscious beings. Through every act of consciousness, something is presented to the experiencing person. Something—a theme—stands in the focus of attention. Within the dimensional human consciousness, this theme is related to other thoughts, a process that includes certain aspects of the theme and excludes others from conscious experience.

The foundational conviction of the experiential method detailed in this book is that thought is not static in its ultimate nature but organically dynamic. Thought uncovers its internal endlessness through time as its medium, just as the small seed uncovers the unity of a tree through soil as its medium. Thought, as a dynamic self-revealing phenomenon, uncovers itself as a series of understandings that cannot be interpreted except through reciprocal reference. Meaningfulness, therefore, is not contained in self-identity but in the larger whole in which it is a specific part. Wholeness contains possibilities of knowledge as present realities revealing themselves, through human choices and experiences, in temporal progression to reach a unity that is already contained in them. This infinite movement of knowledge thus reveals the possibility intrinsic to finite thought. Intuition, as wholistic apprehension, is movement that could acknowledge and reach an immanent infinite, of which the finite concepts of comprehension and cognition are only momentums.

Sandra A. Wawrytko: Foreword — Omar S. Alattas: Introduction — Theoretical — Sunnie D. Kidd: Presuppositions for Qualitative Research — Jim Kidd: Eastern Intuition and Western Cognition: Where and How Do They Meet? — Omar S. Alattas: Consciousness and Epistemology — Omar S. Alattas: Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Quantum Physics: The Hermeneutic Phenomenological Quantum Experience — Jim Kidd: Reflexive Reflective Methodology for Hermeneutics and Physics — Omar S. Alattas: Hermeneutics a New Vision — Applications — Sunnie D. Kidd/Jim Kidd: Hermeneutic Phenomenology — Sunnie D. Kidd: Thematic Methodology — Sunnie D. Kidd/Jim Kidd: Experiential Method: Qualitative Research in the Humanities — Sunnie D. Kidd: A Practical Application of the Experiential Method — Sunnie D. Kidd: An Interpretation of the Inspiration/Aspiration Dialectic: Cool Runnings, the Movie — Appendices — Peggy Thayer: Appendix I: Mini Project: On the Experience of Being Creative — Tony Jaramillo: Appendix II: An Application of the Experiential-Cinematographical Method: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Casablanca.