Phenomenological reflections of Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein: establishing dialogues with the bioethical paradigm and the teachers’ health promotion / Reflexões fenomenológicas de Edmund Husserl e Edith Stein: estabelecendo diálogos com o paradigma bioético e a promoção da saúde docente

Ivaní Nadir Carlotto, Maria Alzira Pimenta Dinis


Background: The Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein perspective phenomenology seek to describe the human being through an analysis that examines his consciousness and his lived experiences, concluding that the human subject is formed by body, psyche and spirit. The health promotion (HP) and bioethics, in turn, are built on this same perspective since they interpret the human person as a being in constant development and must be respected in their integrity and their lived experiences. Objective: To present and identify the interface between the phenomenological approach proposed by Edmund Husserl and Edith Stein as a substrate for the development of bioethical perspectives in HP of professors in higher education (HE). The main argument of this research is to highlight the intimate relationship between this theoretical framework and the HP, under the justification that, when adopting an eco-salutogenic concept of health, individuals are encouraged to understand their own experiences, reflecting and perpetrating the bioethical principles in their everyday situations. Materials and Methods:  PhD research with exploratory-descriptive methodology and quantitative-qualitative approach. Sample: University professors from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, random sample, non-probabilistic for convenience, CI = 95%, n = 1400 persons. The research was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Hospital de Clínicas of Porto Alegre (HCPA), Brazil, Ethics Committee of the University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal, receiving the CAAE approval number 55066616.8.0000.5327, Plataforma Brasil, Brazil. Results: Production of 6 principal components through factorial analysis categorized and interpreted by qualitative content analysis and MAXQDA® software. Conclusions: Universities function as research and learning venues to strengthen HP's activities. The Husserlian phenomenology paradigm, bioethical principles and HP models, aim to build qualified actions in health, to stimulate and promote well-being, quality of life, equity, inclusion, sustainability and social justice, with outstanding conceptual clarity that distinguishes them.



Bioethics; Edith Stein& Edmund Husserl; Health Promotion; Phenomenology; Teachers.


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