Phenomenology Online

A Resource for Phenomenological Inquiry

There are two methodological impulses in phenomenological inquiry and writing: the reductio (the reduction) and the vocatio (the vocative dimension).


The method of phenomenology is radical reflection. The reflective method is supposed to emulate lived experience and this requires several forms of the first aspect of phenomenological methodology, the reductio: The bracketing or suspension of our everday “natural attitude”.


This emulation occurs linguistically thorugh writing in the context of the second aspect of phenomenological methodology, the vocatio. The intent of writing is to produce textual portrayals that resonate the kinds of meanings that we seem to recognize in prereflective experience. The vocative dimension expresses this concern with language.