Schutzian Social Science by Lester Embree

By Lester Embree

This quantity has been constructed via a study symposium held in October 1997 below the sponsorship of the heart for complex learn in Phenomenology, Inc. and Florida Atlantic college. in addition to its leader reasons of advancing study on in addition to within the spirit of the paintings of Alfred Schutz (1899-1959) and of laying foundations for the approaching Schutz centennial 12 months, it's also a "medical checkup," one may possibly say, about the country of study at the paintings of Schutz in addition to learn inspired by way of him a decade after a few related checks, i. e., Alfred Schutz: Neue Beitriige zur Rezeption seines Werkes, ed. Elisabeth record and Ilja Srubar (Amsterdam: Rodolphi, 1988) and Worldly Phenomenology: the ongoing impression of Alfred Schutz on North American Human technological know-how, ed. Lester Embree (Washington, D. C.: middle for complex learn in Phenomenology and college Press of the USA, 1988). a lot has replaced up to now decade. to start with, a substantial volume of recent basic resource fabric has turn into to be had, starting with Alfred Schutz, Col/ectedPapers, Vol. IV, edd. Helmut Wagner, George Psathas, and Fred Kersten (DordrechtIBostoniLondon: Kluwer educational Publishers, 1996), but additionally together with "Positivistic Philosophy and the particular procedure of Interpretative Social technological know-how: An Ineditum of Alfred Schutz from Spring 1953," Husserl experiences, vol. 14, pp. 123-149, 1977, "The Sociology of Language" (1958), edited from his direction notes via Fred Kersten, and "T. S.

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29 But Husserl’s definition implies no immediate space nexus. ” The first one—Ulrich Claesges calls it “grounding function” (Boden-Funktion) of the life world concept30—makes it possible to clarify the difference between natural (everyday level) and theoretical attitude (scientific level). The second refers to different topical horizons of interest, in which subjects live in their courses of action in their everyday lives. 31 Luhmann is only right to talk about confusion if a clear distinction between the two concepts is neglected.

C it, 42. 27See Alfred Schutz, Collected Papers. Volume I, ed. and introduced Maurice Natanson. The Hague: M artinus Nijhoff, 1962, 226. 28Alfred Schutz, Collected Papers. Volume /, op. c it, 222. 29Jiirgen Habermas, Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns, op. c it, 226. 30Ulrich Claesges, “Zweideutigkeit in Husserls Lebenswelt-Begriff,” in Ulrich Claesges and Klaus Held, e d s , Perspektiven transzendentaler Phanomenologie. Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff, 1972, 82-101. 31Edmund Husserl, Krisis der europaischen Wissenschaften und die transzendentale Phanomenologie.

L9Voegelin, D ie neue Wissenschaft der Politik, op. , 84; Alfred Schutz, “Symbol, Wirklichkeit, Gesellschaft” (“Symbol, Reality, and Society”), in Gesammelte Aufsatze I. Den Haag: M artinus Nijhoff, 1971,410. 20Voegelin, op. , 78. 2lVoegelin, op. , 67 ff. ORIGIN OF THE POLITICAL 31 much to be desired. He produces organic analogies, as, for example, the development of the body from an embryo to a full grown adult, he intro­ duces terms such as “eruption” {ex populo erumpit regnum), and finally he discusses the the historical personification of a community, that has turned political, in the character of a king.

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