Lebenswelt origins of the sciences: Working out Durkheim’s aphorism

Book Two: Workplace and documentary diversity of ethnomethodological studies of work and sciences by ethnomethodology’s authors: What did we do? What did we learn?

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  1. 1.

    (Insert the list of properties that discovered topics describes with its indicating terms and phrases, and its vernacular particulars even though they are familiar abbreviations and are not careful* descriptions that permit respecification as instructed actions.)

  2. 2.

    Edit this note and add it to the author’s introduction

  3. 3.

    Rewrite the claims of the following paragraph to assure their adequacy when regarded “in all aspects of the phenomenon.” After the claims are clear, freed of the initial fear that they are preposterous, elaborate them.

  4. 4.

    Quote Dusan Bjelic and Mike Lynch for clear probative descriptions of the two parts of a lebenswelt pair that constitutes the lived work of mathematical theorem proving in each, all, and every particular case, in and as of mathematical theorem proving’s embodied action.

  5. 5.

    Insert pages from Tim Koschmann’s “criticism” of “grounding” in contribution theory of “communicative interaction” in theory of computer supported cooperative work.

  6. 6.

    “Immortality” is explained in Garfinkel (2002 footonote 1, p. 92).

  7. 7.

    Cite Lois Meyer’s thesis

  8. 8.

    Add and insert explicating text from book six of the book list

  9. 9.

    Insert Livingston’s paper on Mathematics’ Domain Details.

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    Add about 5 others from HG’s email covers about 4/13/05 to Anne Rawls and George Psathas.

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    [We shall use his article, Cultures of Proving, as a convenient representative of his publications in which that argument is carried out.]

  12. 12.

    Insert the tutorial consequences of carrying out the specifically ordinary jobs (actions) around the house, in the office, in the streets, at work sites, in games-with-rules, while wearing inverting lenses.

  13. 13.

    Insert material from book six. Add to this the texts from p. 27 left column of Visual Studies Vol 18, No.1, April 2003. Credit Lorenza Mondada; Tim Koschmann; Doug MacBeth; and their colleagues.

  14. 14.

    (What is the case with Section Chapters 1 to 11 in Ethnomethodology at Work, by Rouncefield and Tolmie, mss submitted to Ashgate Publishing Ltd, June 26, 2004.)

  15. 15.

    Replace details with haecceities

  16. 16.

    (Cite Gian Carlo Rota for combinatorial mathematics, and Patrick A. Heelan (for quantum physics??) To get this right discuss the claim with Lou Narens; Gerald Holton; Martin Krieger; Sylvan Schweber; Bruno Latour; Mike Lynch; George Psathas...)

  17. 17.

    From book six. Insert “The panel” of phenomenal field properties of things. Insert Phi. Insert disc 97 The renewal of sociology’s distinctive study of social order 11/30/02. Insert “The characterization problem.” Credit Eric Livingston as the first author in social studies of science to describe the characterization problem which he does in his Ph.D. thesis in details of the lived work of proving Godel’s theorem

  18. 18.

    Move the following material to document #7 “Beyond protoethnomethodological studies to lebenswelt origins of the sciences.”

  19. 19.

    Finish this material and move it to Document #7 Protoethnomethodological studies to lebenswelt studies of the sciences.

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    (FN See Document #1 Author’s Introduction)

  21. 21.

    (FN. Identify these examples as sciences that have been studied by ethnomethodologists.)

  22. 22.

    Explain seriously

  23. 23.

    (FN: Cite Appendix A. Bibliography of Ethnomethodological Studies of Work and Science)

  24. 24.

    Insert and introduce. “The List” of reputable formal analytic methods accounts found in various peer reviewed Literatures of the worldwide social science movement

  25. 25.

    Rewrite this paragraph

  26. 26.

    Compare and elaborate the consequences of this property with the results of the summoning phone demonstration described with the summary notation =( )→( ) in Grfinkel and Wieder (1992: 175–206).

  27. 27.

    Cite and elaborate the meaning of “settle the dispute” with Gerald Horton’s classic description of the Millikan-Ehrenhaft dispute.

  28. 28.

    CITE Eric Livingston (1986). Credit him with the discovery and specification of domain-specific details as an identifying orderliness of the lived work by mathematicians and of discovering and proving mathematical theorems in mathematics’ disciplinary-specific details

  29. 29.

    Discusss: Frake’s ethnoscience gloss.

  30. 30.

    Explain with provisions in EM studies for the characterization problem

  31. 31.

    Cite authors of traveling wave phenomena in freeway traffic flow.

  32. 32.

    Cite Stacy Burns Ph.D. thesis, UCLA, Department of Sociology.

  33. 33.

    For further discussion see Garfinkel and Livingston (2003) Chapter 2 “Phenomenal Field Properties of the Order of Service in formatted Queues and Their Neglected Standing in the Current Situation of Inquiry.”

  34. 34.

    Cite Ken Liberman, (2004).

  35. 35.

    Extend this collection of placeholders with ethno hybrid studies of work and science. Cite and show episodes from each of the two deeply technical studies of endoscopic surgery, by Tim Koschman and by Lorenza Mondada. Show classroom scenes from Doug Macbeth’s studies of science teaching and learning. Write the subject of distinctions between natural and social sciences that is introduced by these placeholders

  36. 36.

    Edmund Husserl (1990)

  37. 37.

    It is worth noting that Social Constructionism is not a unified approach but a gloss on competing perspectives and points of view.

  38. 38.

    Credit Eric Livingston for defining “first cases” in Livingston (1986).

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    FN: Garfinkel, Livingston, Lynch, Pack, Robillard, Wieder, Respecifying the Natural Sciences as Discovering Sciences of Practical Action

  40. 40.

    Cite Mike Lynch

  41. 41.

    Cite Stanley Fish

  42. 42.

    (Examine Fillmore's lectures.)

  43. 43.

    Add to this collection of “first cases” and elaborate them from Document #6 Hybrid Studies of Work and Science

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    E. Husserl (1990).

  45. 45.

    Explicate the properties of a discovered topic from the files of Respecifying the Natural Sciences as Discovering Sciences of Practical Action...”

  46. 46.

    This collection is obviously incomplete and should be treated as a provisional place holder.

  47. 47.

    Insert a page of studies by ethnomethodology’s authors: Baccus, Bittner, Bellman, Maynard; Meehan, Mondada; Sudnow, Bjelic, Meyer... Finish the list

  48. 48.

    (Anne's very sharp suggestion.)

  49. 49.

    Cites: In Anthropology: Boas, Benedict, Evans-Pritchard, Mead, Bateson, Geertz. In Sociology, the Lynds, Whyte, the Chicago ethnographers.

  50. 50.

    Thanks to Mike Lynch, (1993: Chapter 4)


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(Editor’s Note. This title is that of the first book which was published in 2002. This note identifies the disc to which Garfinkel had transferred the manuscript.) Copyright 11/01/03. anneii 11.21.03.doc.apr605.doc-microsoft word.doc—microsoft word Disc 91 Venerable Husserl Manuscript by Terri Barna for Chapter One of Book One Lebenswelt Origins of Sciences.doc.

This Version was worked on as of 3/18/04 to 5/11/04 and then started again to finish for the Schutz Memorial Lecture, October 29, 2004. It was 11.21.03.doc as of 10/14//04. It was as of Nov 15, 04. As of 10/14/04 it is corrected to page (40). It is now and was prior to this version as of January 8, 2005. And February 19, 2005 to March 8, 2005. It is currently as of April 6, 2005. Page numbers are from original manuscript.

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Garfinkel, H. Lebenswelt origins of the sciences: Working out Durkheim’s aphorism. Hum Stud 30, 9–56 (2007).

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