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The term “phenomenology” generally refers today to the philosophical trend or method that goes back to E. Husserl (1859–1938). In fact, however, the term was used in various connections long before Husserl. It was introduced by J. H. Lambert (1728–77), who in his New Organon raised the question whether the understanding has a capability for truth. In pt. 4 he dealt with the issue whether appearance can influence the accuracy of human knowledge and called the related science phenomenology (the doctrine of appearance).

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Vetter, Helmuth, “Phenomenology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.80>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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