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Amedeo P. Giorgi Archive

Identifier: MSS PHEN-008


  • 1962 - 2011

Biographical / Historical

Amedeo P. Giorgi was born in New York City in 1931, and grew up in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate studies at St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, and received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Fordham University in 1958. From 1958 to 1960, he worked as a researcher for Dunlap and Associates, but quickly returned to academia, serving first as an assistant professor at Manhattan College in 1960 and then joining the faculty at Duquesne University in 1962. In 1970, he founded the international Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, acting at its editor through 1993. He joined the faculty of Saybrook University in 1986 and held a joint appointment with the University of Quebec at Montreal from 1990 until 1995. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University.

Giorgi’s work is built upon a primary understanding that psychology should adopt a human science paradigm, which is concerned with and based upon phenomena given in human experience. The standard experimental and quantitative procedures being used by mainstream psychology, he argues, are too limited for to truly account for human phenomena. Therefore, Giorgi developed the first strictly empirical-phenomenological methodology for human scientific research in the late 1960s, based in phenomenological-existential philosophy. This methodology runs through his authored works, such as Psychology as a Human Science and The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology. It may also be found in the more than 100 dissertations Giorgi has directed.


11 Linear Feet (The Amedeo P. Giorgi Archive, consisting of 11 linear feet of materials, is contained in twenty five acid-free boxes of assorted sizes.)

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Multiple languages

Amedeo P. Giorgi Archive
An inventory of the personal artifacts and papers of Dr. Amedeo P. Giorgi
Erica Freeman, Matthew Jones
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Repository Details

Part of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center Repository