The Metabletic Method: An Interdisciplinary Look at Human Experience

  • Bertha Mook
Keywords: phenomenology, hermeneutic phenomenology, metabletics, J.H. Van den Berg


Metabletics was first introduced by J.H. Van den Berg as a systematic study of the changing nature of human existence. It gives special focus to phenomena within their specific historical and social-cultural contexts, and inside a complex matrix of relationships. Metabletics provide a uniquely interdisciplinary approach through the analysis of simultaneous events to identify patterns in human experience. Most central to the metabletic method is that, while the world of science is constant, the landscape of human existence is continually changing and causing humans to change. This article outlines the central principles and applications of the metabletic method and addresses tensions and possible challenges within the approach.