Health Policy Center to Host Institutes

Posted: June 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics will host the Institute for Heideggerian Hermeneutical Methodologies beginning today through June 25, and the Institute for Interpretive Phenomenology June 26–29 on the Fairfax Campus.

The institutes were created in 1991 to introduce the field of hermeneutics — the development of understanding theories and texts, and interpreting them from someone else’s viewpoint — and bring together well-known philosophers and scholars in an advanced institute of interpretative phenomenology. The institutes moved to Mason in 2005.

Topics for this year’s introductory institute include

  • A philosophy of science, focusing on the rise of interpretive phenomenology

  • Designing and conducting hermeneutic research

  • Collecting data through hermeneutic interviewing

  • Analyzing, interpreting and reporting data

Pamela Ironside, assistant professor and director of the Center for Research in Nursing Education at the Indiana University School of Nursing, is faculty for the institute.

During the second institute, Gail Weiss, associate professor of philosophy and director of the human sciences graduate program at George Washington University, will be the visiting scholar. Weiss specializes in phenomenology and existentialism, feminist theory and philosophy of literature.

Other sessions will examine hermeneutical scholarship in the fields of health and human sciences and the role of philosophy in interpretive phenomenology.

For more information on the institutes, visit the web site .

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