Collected Papers II

Studies in Social Theory

  • Authors
  • Alfred Schutz
  • Editors
  • Arvid Brodersen

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Pure Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 20-63
  3. Applied Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 91-105
    3. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 106-119
    4. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 120-134
    5. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 135-158
    6. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 159-178
    7. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 179-200
    8. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 201-225
    9. Alfred Schutz
      Pages 277-293
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-300

About this book


Elsewhere 1 we were concerned with fundamental aspects of the question how man can comprehend his fellow-men. We analyzed man's subjective experiences of the Other and found in them the basis for his understanding of the Other's subjective processes of consciousness. The very assumption of the existence of the Other, however, introduces the dimension of intersub­ jectivity. The world is experienced by the Self as being inhabited by other Selves, as being a world for others and of others. As we had occasion to point out, intersubjective reality is by no means homogeneous. The social world in which man finds himself exhibits a complex structure; fellow-men appear to the Self under different aspects, to which correspond different cognitive styles by which the Self perceives and apprehends the Other's thoughts, motives, and actions. In the present investigation it will be our main task to describe the origin of the differentiated structures of social reality as well as to reveal the principles underlying its unity and coherence. It must be stressed that careful description of the processes which enable one man to understand another's thoughts and actions is a prerequisite for the methodology of the empirical social sciences. The question how a scientific interpretation of human action is possible can be resolved only if an adequate • From: De, sinnha/te A II/ball tler sowuen WeU, Vienna, 1932; 2nd ed. 1960 (Sektion IV: Strukturanalyse der Sozialwelt, Soziale Umwelt, Mitwelt, Vorwelt, English adaptation by Professor Thomas Luckmann.


concept event social theory

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1342-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1340-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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