Human Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 141–157

Philosophy and reflection: A critique of Frank Welz’s sociological and “processual” criticism of Husserl and Schutz


DOI: 10.1007/s10746-006-9021-x

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Barber, M. Hum Stud (2006) 29: 141. doi:10.1007/s10746-006-9021-x


Frank Welz’s Kritik der Lebenswelt undertakes a sociology of knowledge criticism of the work of Edmund Husserl and Alfred Schutz that construes them as developing absolutist, egological systems opposed to the “processual” worldview prominent since the modern rise of natural science. Welz, though, misunderstands the work of Schutz and Husserl and neglects how their focus on consciousness and eidetic features pertains to the kind of reflection that one must undertake if one would avoid succumbing to absolutism, that uncovers the presuppositions of the processual worldview itself, and that secures a domain distinctive of philosophy over against sociology. Finally, Welz’s charge that Schutz favors a Neo-Kantian social scientific methodology contradictory to his phenomenology neglects the levels of Schutz’s discourse and ignores how the Weberian ideal-typical approach can be subsumed within phenomenology.


consciousness ego essence life-world methodology natural science phenomenology philosophy social science sociology of knowledge 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySt. Louis UniversitySt.LouisUSA

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