David Herman Jr., Ph.D., 2019

Perceiving Indeterminacy: A Theoretical Framework of the Perceptual Rite of Passage for Preadolescents

2018 — It is the fundamental insight of phenomenology that meaning is first and foremost not something on which we intellectually reflect. It is not a product of the mind reworking raw, perceptual experiences. Rather meaning, and our connection to the world, are perceptual phenomena. Thus, to understand the ways in which children find meaning demands a turn toward perceptual experiences — how children see and feel. In this theoretical dissertation, I explore questions of perceptual experiences through a phenomenological framework that I refer to as the Perceptual Rite of PassagePRoP, which labors to help us understand the ontology of perception for preadolescents and how meaning emerges through everyday encounters.