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The Dual Vision

Alfred Schutz and the Myth of Phenomenological Social Science

By Robert Gorman

Routledge – 2013 – 248 pages

Series: Routledge Library Editions: Phenomenology

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    August 8th 2013

Description

This study, originally published in 1977, focuses on a critical examination of the life-work of Alfred Schutz, the most important and influential ‘father’ of several recent schools of empirical social research.

The author shows why Shutz and his followers fail in their attempts to ‘humanize’ empirical social science. The problems they encounter, he argues, are due to their attempt to achieve a methodological synthesis of self-determining subjectivity and empirical criteria of validation, based on Schutz’s heuristic adoption of relevant ideas from Weber and Husserl. This is, in effect, an artificial union of subjectivity and objectivity – their ‘dual vision’ – that satisfies neither phenomenological nor naturalist perspectives. Dr Gorman suggests that the radical implications of phenomenology must lead to a consistent, socially-conscious method of inquiry, and, in a final chapter, he re-defines the methodological implications of phenomenology with the aid of existential and Marxist categories.

Contents

Introduction 1. Phenomenology and Methodology of Social Science: The Origins 2. Phenomenological Social Science 3. Phenomenology, Free Action, Empirical Social Science: Some Theoretical and Practical Problems 4. The ‘Objectivity’ of Empirical Social Science: A Philosophical Perspective 5. Epilogue: An Alternative Phenomenological Approach to Social Inquiry. Appendix

Name: The Dual Vision: Alfred Schutz and the Myth of Phenomenological Social Science (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Robert Gorman. This study, originally published in 1977, focuses on a critical examination of the life-work of Alfred Schutz, the most important and influential ‘father’ of several recent schools of empirical social research. The author shows why...
Categories: Phenomenology, Philosophy of Social Science, 19th Century Philosophy, Modern Philosophy (16th Century-18th Century)