In 1988 Carl Graumann wrote that phenomenology was largely misinterpreted, in particular by human sciences, and ?Its relationship to psychology, though historically the oldest and thematically the most intimate, has been and has remained the most unfortunate of them all?. Phenomenology was often equated with an antiscientific and sugary intimist attitude. However, looking to the past, we could say that environmental psychology contributed to creating a new arena for phenomenologically oriented research. Is it still the case? In order to put an answer to such a question, I suggest that we have to look not only to the disciplines implied, but to the cultural context in which research is situated. I would like therefore to present some reflections on the ?cultural pre-conditions? for the spread of what Graumann preferred to define as an approach or an attitude more than a method, and I would like to qualify as an epistemologic attitude