Bracketing: a phenomenological theory applied through transpersonal reflexivity

Viktor Dörfler, Marc Stierand

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The purpose of this study is to improve our understanding of bracketing, one of the most central philosophical and theoretical constructs of phenomenology, as a theory of mind. Furthermore, we wanted to showcase how this theoretical construct can be implemented as a methodological tool.

In this study we have adopted an approach similar to a qualitative meta-synthesis, comparing the emergent patterns of two empirical projects, seeking synergies and contradictions, and looking for additional insights from new emerging patterns.

On a philosophical level, we have found that bracketing, as a theoretical construct, is not about the achievement of objectivity, quite to the contrary, it embraces subjectivity and puts it centre-stage. On a theoretical level, we have achieved a better understanding of Husserl’s phenomenology, as a theory of mind. On a methodological level, we have achieved a powerful way of supplementing and/or clarifying research findings, by using a theoretical construct as a methodological tool.

Our paper contributes to the phenomenology literature at a philosophical, theoretical and methodological level, by offering a better understanding and a novel implementation of one of the central theoretical constructs of phenomenology.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Early online date12 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Aug 2020


  • phenomenology
  • bracketing
  • reflexivity
  • reflection

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    Bracketing through transpersonal reflexivity

    Dörfler, V. & Stierand, M., 26 Jun 2019, p. 1-21. 21 p.

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