Note From the Publisher’s Editor
The publication of The Redirection of Psychology: essays in honor of Amedeo P. Giorgi
marks an important turning point in the history of the Cirp (le "Cercle interdisciplinaire de
recherches phénoménologiques") and the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). With this first English title in the scientific repertoire of the CIRP,
phenomenological psychology at UQAM takes an important step on the international scene.
This original publication wants to honor Professor Amedeo Giorgi, both as a worldrenowned
and innovative psychologist and as an eminent former colleague, who, more than a decade ago, reinforced and expanded phenomenological psychology in UQAM. In the ensuing
years the university has attracted a growing number of gifted teachers and students whose
interests coalesced around the idea of a human science of psychology that would no longer model itself exclusively on the natural sciences but that would draw its main inspiration from the experience of concrete living. Today these psychologists form a unique and fertile group of
professors and students within the university’s psychology department.
The contributors to this bundle of essays live and work in all corners of the world, from
England, Canada and the United States to Sweden, South Africa and Japan. What the authors
have in common is that they all are former students and colleagues of Professor Amedeo Giorgi.
The essays collected in this volume are meant to express their appreciation and gratitude for
Amedeo Giorgi’s tireless teaching, for his great scholarship and erudition and, last but not least,
for his unfailing collegiality and loyal friendship.
Finally, I want to thank my colleague Professor Tom Cloonan, who not only conceived the
idea of this book, but also solicited and collected the manuscripts and did the substantial editing
of them, and then entrusted their publication to the CIRP that did the further required publisher’s
editing of the material. I also thank my colleague Professor Bernd Jager for his steady
encouragement and his editorial advice.
Christian Thiboutot, Ph.D.
Codirector of the Cirp
Our book, The Redirection of Psychology, is a Festschrift. Literally, that German word means "a writing in celebration". For us, it is a celebratory piece of writing in honor of Amedeo P. Giorgi for his accomplishments of scholarly writing and of research and direction of others' research as well as for his conceptualization of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center that was established at Duquesne University in 1980. In addition, we honor Amedeo's instrumentality in the foundation of the International Human Science Research Conferences (IHSRCs) through the hosting of its first meeting at Duquesne University in 1983.
Another accomplishment of Amedeo's lifework also deserving of our honoring of him through this Festschrift is the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, published by Brill. It is the flagship journal of phenomenological psychology and it is on its way to its half-century anniversary, 2020, since Amedeo's founding of it in 1970.
There are 17 of us who have written essays that constitute this book celebrating Amedeo. The topics and styles of the essays are as individualistic as their authors. The common denominator is the human science focus. We hope hrough our essays to educate and to advocate the importance and urgency of psychology as human science. There can be no better celebration of Amedeo than this. Finally, a term in academia that has sometimes been used in lieu of Festschrift is Liber Amicorum, a Book of Friends. This Latin term is as appropriate as Festschrift is for the book, a book that has been written by colleagues and former students, all of whom are his friends. In our circle of friends most certainly are Professor Christian Thiboutot and his colleagues of CIRP and the Department of Psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Without their friendship and cooperation, this book's conception with its 17 essays would still be waiting for its birth.
Thomas F. Cloonan, Ph.D.
Editor of the Essays
Table of contents
COVER AND BACK PAGES (à venir)
CHRISTOPHER M. AANSTOOS
Holistic Foundations of Psychology in Historical Perspective
THOMAS F. CLOONAN
Art and Flesh: A Psychology of Art by Way of Merleau-Ponty
LARRY DAVIDSON & LESLEY ANNE SOLOMON
The Value of Transcendental Phenomenology for Psychology: The Case of Psychosis
Subjectivity, Memory, and Human Science
BARBRO M. GIORGI
Application of Descriptive Phenomenological Research Method to the Field of
Truth and the Rhythm of Phenomenological Research
MUFID JAMES HANNUSH
Playing with Polarities of Existence: Toward Understanding a Pivotal Passage in
the Life and Work of Rollo May
Towards a Psychology of Homo Habitans: A Reflection on Cosmos and Universe
The Epoché is Demanded by the Other in Levinas’ “Phenomenology of Action”
Hermeneutic Phenomenology and Psychotherapy
It’s Always About the Epoché
Husserl Versus Derrida
DAVID L. SMITH
A History of Amedeo P. Giorgi’s Contributions to the Psychology Department and
Phenomenology Center of Duquesne University in his Twenty-Four Years There
Back to the Things Themselves: The Relevance of Embodied Understanding for
FREDERICK J. WERTZ
The Method of Eidetic Intuition for Psychology
A Phenomenological Explication of a Master Teacher’s Questioning Practices and
its Implications for the Explanation/Understanding issue in Psychology as a
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE CONTRIBUTORS
© Cirp - Cercle interdisciplinaire de recherches phénoménologiques, 2010
Volume 1 (édition spéciale)