Philosophical Hermeneutic Interviewing

  • Roxanne K. Vandermause Washington State University
  • Susan E. Fleming Washington State University


This article describes, exemplifies and discusses the use of the philosophical hermeneutic interview and its distinguishing characteristics. Excerpts of interviews from a philosophical hermeneutic study are used to show how this particular phenomenological tradition is applied to research inquiry. The purpose of the article is to lay out the foundational background for philosophical hermeneutics in a way that clarifies its unique approach to interviewing and its usefulness for advancing health care knowledge. Implications for health care research and practice are addressed.

Author Biographies

Roxanne K. Vandermause, Washington State University
Assistant professor College of Nursing
Susan E. Fleming, Washington State University
College of Nursing Doctoral candidate