Understanding the creative processes of phenomenological research: The life philosophy of Løgstrup

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Norlyk, Annelise ; Dreyer, Pia ; Haahr, Anita ; Martinsen, Bente (2011)
  • Publisher: CoAction Publishing
  • Journal: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, volume 6, issue 4 (issn: 1748-2623, eissn: 1748-2631)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/qhw.v6i4.7320, pmc: PMC3212755
  • Subject: Caring science | Theorethical/Philosophical Article | Caring Science; Philosophy | Løgstrup | phenomenological research | phenomenological philosophy | Caring Science; Phenomenological Philosophy; Phenomenological Research; Loegstrup

The creative processes of understanding patients’ experiences in phenomenological research are difficult to articulate. Drawing on life philosophy as represented by the Danish philosopher K.E. Løgstrup (1905-1981), this article aims to illustrate Løgstrup’s thinking as a way to elaborate the creation of cognition and understanding of patients’ experiences. We suggest that Løgstrup’s thoughts on sensation can add new dimensions to an increased understanding of the creative process of phenomenological research, and that his thinking can be seen as an epistemological ground for these processes. We argue with Løgstrup that sense-based impressions can facilitate an flash of insight, i.e., the spontaneous, intuitive flash of an idea. Løgstrup stresses that an ‘‘flash of insight’’ is an important source in the creation of cognition and understanding. Relating to three empirical phenomenological studies of patients’ experiences, we illustrate how the notions of impression and flash of insight can add new dimensions to increased understanding of the creative processes in phenomenological research that have previously not been discussed. We illustrate that sense-based impressions can facilitate creative impulses that open for understanding of patients’ experiences in the research process as well as in the communication of the findings. The nature of impression and flash of insight and their relevance in the creation of cognition and understanding contributes to the sparse descriptions in the methodological phenomenological research literature of the creative processes of this research. An elaboration of the creative processes in phenomenological research can help researchers to articulate these processes. Thus, Løgstrup’s life philosophy has proven to be valuable in adding new dimensions to phenomenological empirical research as well as embracing lived experience. Key words: Caring science, phenomenological philosophy, phenomenological research, Løgstrup(Published: 8 November 2011)Citation: Int J Qualitative Stud Health Well-being 2011, 6: 7320 - DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i4.7320
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