Pre-Master’s Degree Suggested Reading List

This reading list is directly copied from the university website.  For those who are interested in knowing, I’m looking to get my master’s degree in existential-phenomenological psychology.  You can see my long-term goal of what I want to do with this degree here.  I plan on reading all books on this list as a way to prepare for this degree.

Suggested Reading List for Psychology MA Program

The following is a comprehensive list of authors and their works. The marked items (*)

are suggested readings that give an overview of Existential Phenomenology. The items

marked (**) are typically used as texts in courses. The items bolded are especially good


1. Introduction to Existential-Phenomenological Thought

*Barrett, W. (1978). The illusion of technique. New York: Anchor. (A search

for meaning in a technological civilization, from technique, through being, to


**Barrett, W. (1958). Irrational man. New York: Anchor. (Historical and

cultural placement of existential philosophy)

Becker, C.S. (1992). Living and relating: An introduction to phenomenology.

Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

**Frankl, V. (1971). Man’s search for meaning. New York: Pocket Books.

Friedman, M. (Ed.) (1973). The worlds of existentialism. Chicago: University

of Chicago Press.

Gantt, E. and Williams, R. editors (2002). Psychology for the other: Levinas and

the practice of psychology. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.

Giorgi, A. (1970). Psychology as a human science, a phenomenologically based

approach. New York: Harper & Row. (Historical development of Psychology

as a natural and as a human science).

Giorgi, A. et al (Eds). (1971; 1975; 1979; 1983). Duquesne studies in

phenomenological psychology, Vols. I – IV. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne

University Press.

Kunz, G. (1998). The paradox of power and weakness: Levinas and an

alternative paradigm for psychology. Albany, New York: SUNY.

*May, R. (1983). The discovery of being. New York: Norton.

May, R. (1967). Psychology and the human dilemma. Princeton, NJ: Van


Moran, D. (2000). Introduction to Phenomenology. London: Routledge

Spinelli, E. (1989). The interpreted world: An Introduction to

phenomenological psychology. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

**Stewart, D. & Mickunas, A. (1990) Exploring phenomenology: A guide to the

field and its literature. (2nd ed.) Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

*Valle, R.S. & Halling, S. (Eds). (1989) Existential-phenomenological

perspectives in psychology. New York: Plenum. (Readable selection of

articles on a variety of issues in phenomenological psychology).

*van den Berg, J.H. (1972). A different existence. Pittsburgh: Duquesne

University Press. (Excellent introduction to the phenomenological approach

to “psychopathology”).

2. Classic Texts in Existential and Phenomenological Philosophy

Boss, M. (1982). Psychoanalysis and Daseinsanalyse. New York: De Capo.

Buber, M. (1958). I and thou. (2nd Ed.) New York: Scribner & Sons. (Classic

Work on the spiritual dimensions of interpersonal relations).

Buber, M. (1966). The knowledge of man. New York: Harper Textbooks.

Foucault, M. (1965). Madness and civilization. New York: Random House

Gadamer, H. (1960/1995) Truth and method. Trans. Joel Weinsheimer and

Donald Marshall. New York: Random House.

Husserl, E. (1911/1964). Philosophy as a rigorous science in Lauer, Quentin.

Edmund Husserl. Phenomenology and the crisis of philosophy. New York:

Harper and Row.

Husserl, E. (1983) Ideas pertaining to a pure phenomenology and to

phenomenological philosophy, first book. Trans. F. Kersten. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Heidegger, M. (1956/1996). Being and Time. Trans. Joan Stambaugh. Albany:


Kierkegaard, S. (1962) Works of love. Glochester, MA: Peter Smith.

Kierkegaard, S. (1941). The sickness unto death. Princeton, NJ: Princeton

University Press.

Levinas, E. (1985). Ethics and Infinity. Pittsburgh, PA. Duquesne University


*May, R. (Ed.) (1958). Existence. New York: Clarion Books.

Merleau-Ponty, M. (1963). Phenomenology of perception. New York:

Humanities Press. (Difficult, but extremely penetrating reflections on human


**Merleau-Ponty, M. (1964). The primacy of perception. Evanston, IL:

Northwestern University Press.

Ricoeur, P. (1950/1966). Freedom and nature: The voluntary and the

involuntary. Trans. Kohak, E. Chicago: Northwestern University Press

Ricoeur, P. (1970). Freud and philosophy: An essay on interpretation. Trans.

Savage, D. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Sartre, J.P. (1956) Being and Nothingness: A phenomenological essay on

ontology. Trans. Barnes, H. New York: Washington Square Press.

Scheler, M. (1929/1954). The nature of sympathy. London: Routledge and

Kegan Paul.

Van Dusen, W. (1972, 1981). The natural depth in man. New York: Harper &


3. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Binswanger, L. (1963). Being-in-the-world. Trans. Needleman, J. New York:

Harper and Row.

Bugental, J.F. (1987). The art of the psychotherapist. New York: Norton.

*Cushman, P. (1995). Constructing the self, constructing America: A cultural

history of psychotherapy. Redding, MA: Addison Wesley.

Davidson, L. (2003). Living outside mental illness: Qualitative studies of

recovery in schizophrenia. New York: New York University Press.

Fierman, L.B. (Ed). (1965) Effective psychotherapy: The contributions of

Hellmuth Kaiser. New York: The Free Press. (An implicitly existential

interpretation of thereapy and neurosis).

Fischer, C.T. (1995). Individualizing psychological assessment. Hillsdale, N.J.

Lawrence Erlbaum. (An excellent book on phenomenological assessment).

Friedman, M. (1985). The healing dialogue in psychotherapy. New York:


Gantt, E. & Williams, R. (editors). (2002) Psychology for the other. Pittsburgh,

PA: Duquesne University Press.

Gendlin, E.T. (1986) Let you body interpret your dreams. Willmette, IL:


**Havens, L. (1989). A safe place. New York: Ballantine.

Hycner, R. (1991). Between person and person: Toward a dialogical

psychotherapy. Highland, NY: The Gestalt Journal.

Kaplan, B. (1965). The inner world of mental illness. New York: Harper &

Row. (The best selection of first hand accounts of “mental illness”).

Kopp, S. (1976). If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. New York:

Bantam Books.

Laing, R.D. (1969). The divided self. New York: Penguin Books.

Laing, R.D. (1972). The politics of experience. New York: Random House.

Levinas, E. (1969). Totality and infinity. Pittsburgh, PA. Duquesne University


Rank, O. (1978). Will therapy. New York: Norton.

Richardson, F., Fowers, B., Guignon, C. (1999). Re-envisioning psychology:

Moral dimensions of theory and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass


Spinelli, E. (1994). Demystifying psychotherapy. London: Constable.

Spinelli, E. (1997) Tales of un-knowing. New York: New York University


Van Kaam (1966). The Art of Existential Counseling: A New Perspective in

Psychotherapy. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Dimension Books.

*Wheelis, A. (1974). How people change. New York: Harper & Row.

Yalom, I.D. (1980). Existential psychotherapy. New York: Ballantine Books.

4. Explorations of Specific Topics / Qualitative Research

Agee, J. (1974). Let us now praise famous men. New York: Ballantine Books.

Becker, E. (1973) The denial of death. New York: The Free Press.

Berger, J. (1967) A fortunate man. New York: Pantheon.

Camac, P.M., Rhodes, J.E. & Yardley, L. (2003). Qualitative research in

psychology: Expanding perspectives in methodology and design. Washington,

DC: American Psychology Association.

Coles, R. (1967-1978) Children of crisis. Vols. 1-5. Boston: Little, Brown &


Dahlberg, K., Drew,N. & Nystrom, M. (2001). Reflective lifeworld research.

Stockholm: Studentlitteratur.

Egendorf, A. (1985) Healing from the war: Trauma and transformation after the

war. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Eisley, L. (1962). The immense journey. New York: Time Inc.

Giorgi, A. (1985). Phenomenology and psychological research. Pittsburgh:

Duquesne University Press.

Henry, J. (1965). Culture against man. New York: Random House.

Henry, J. (1973). Pathways to madness. New York: Random House.

James, W. (1961). Varieties of religious experience. New York: Collier Books.

Kafka, F. (1966). Letter to his father. New York: Schocher.

Karlsson, G. (1995). Psychological qualitative research from a

phenomenological perspective. Stockholm: Almqvist and Wiksell International.

Knowles, R.T. (1986). Human development and human possibility: Erikson in

the light of Heidegger. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America.

Kuhn, T. (1962). The structure of scientific revolutions. Phoenix Books:

(Important for understanding Scientism).

Lewis, C.S. (1976). A grief observed. New York: Bantam.

Lifton, R. (1983). The life of the self. New York: Basic Books.

May, R. (1994). The courage to create New York: W.W. Norton.

**May, R. (1979). The meaning of anxiety. (2nd Ed). New York: W.W.


Mayeroff, M. (1972). On caring. New York: Harper & Row.

Murray, E.L. (Ed.) (1987) Imagination and phenomenological psychology.

Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press.

Richards, M.C. (1964) Centering n pottery, poetry, and the person. Middleton,

CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Romanyshyn, R. (1989) Technology as symptom and dream. New York:


Rubin, L. (1977) Worlds of pain. New York; Basic Books.

Rubin, L. (1981) Women of a certain age: The midlife search for self. New

York: Harper & Row.

Sass, L.A. (1992) Madness and modernism: Insanity in the light of modern art,

literature, and thought. New York: Basic Books.

Smith, J.A. (Ed.). (2003) Qualitative research in psychology: A practical guide

to research methods. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.

Valle, R.S. (Ed.). (1998) Phenomenological inquiry in psychology: Existential

and transpersonal dimensions. New York: Plenum.

Von Eckhartsberg, R. (1986). Life-world experience: Existential

phenomenological research approaches in psychology. Washington, D.C.:

University Press of America.

Willig, C. (2001) Introducing quantitative research in psychology. Philidelphia,

PA: Open University Press. (A good primer for undergraduates).

Zimmer, H. (1957). The king and the corpse: Tales of the soul’s conquest of

evil. Princeton, NJ.

5. Literature

Camus, A. (1942/1946). The stranger. Trans. Gilbert, S. New York: Vintage

Camus, A. (1972). The plague. New York: Random House.

Ibsen, H. (1983). Peer Gynt and the wild duck. New York: Hungry Minds Inc.

Sartre, J. P. (1964). Nausea. New York: New Directions.

Tolstoy, L. (1960) The death of Ivan Ilych. New York: New American Library.

Wallant, E.L. (1980). The children at the gate. New York: Harcourt/Brace.

Wallant, E.L. (1973) The tenents of moonbloom. New York: Harcourt/Brace.

6. Journals

Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

Methods: A Journal for Human Science

Phenomenology and Pedagogy


The Humanistic Psychologist

Review of Existential Psychiatry & Psychology

Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

International Human Science Research Newsletter

Qualitative Research in Psychology

Emanuel Lenivas for the Theory and Practice of Psychology


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