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This innovative and thought-provoking book argues that phenomenology was the most significant, wide-ranging and influential philosophy to emerge in the twentieth century. The social character of phenomenology is explored in its relation to the concern in twentieth century sociology with questions of modern experience. Phenomenology and sociology come together as 'ethnographies of the present'. As such, they break free of the self-imposed limitations of each to establish a new, critical understanding of contemporary life. By reading phenomenology sociologically and sociology phenomenologically, this book reconstructs a phenomenological sociology of modern experience.

Introduction: Phenomenology and Sociology
Introduction: Phenomenology and sociology

Philosophy is essentially homesickness – the universal impulse to be at home.

Novalis, Logological Fragments

As soon as ever a philosophy begins to believe in itself, it always creates a world in its own image.

Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

To reach the starting point not only for the human sciences but also for philosophy we must go behind its scientific elaboration and grasp life in its natural state.

Dilthey, The Formation of the Historical World in the Human Sciences

Should sociologists concern themselves with philosophy? Ought philosophers pay any attention to sociology? The most fruitful response to these and related questions is surprising. Put simply, it is that sociologists must concern themselves with (some) philosophy if they are to produce incisive sociology; and ...

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