Urban Kordeš

  Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana
  Ljubljana, Slovenia

Received: 23 November 2009. Accepted: 9 December 2009.


It is becoming apparent in modern cognitive science that the lack of knowledge about human experiential landscape implies the loss of a very important element, perhaps the very essence. Consequently, a rather new area of research has emerged recently: an attempt at a systematic observation and study of experience. This is the so-called phenomenologically inspired research (or just phenomenological research).

Part of this article aims to present this new area of research – it describes the common fundaments of the field and some of its characteristic methodological derivates, relating them to the possibility of studying decision making from the first-person point-of-view, i.e. decision making as an experiential phenomenon (and not as a neurological or behavioural process). The article also presents some of the findings phenomenological studies have led to and some theoretical reflexions encouraged by these insights.


experience, experiencing, phenomenology, phenomenological research, reason, first-person


2340 Cognitive Processes,
2380 Consciousness States
JEL:D83, D84, Z19

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