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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.

Experience: Historical Sociology of the Natural Attitude
Experience: Historical sociology of the natural attitude

How are we to overcome the difficulty, which all the human sciences face, of deriving universally valid principles from inner experiences, which are personally limited, composite, and yet incapable of analysis?

Dilthey, Poetry and Experience

Lived experience can never be reduced to thoughts or ideas. However, it can be related to the totality of human existence through reflection … and thus it can be understood in its essence, that is, its meaning.

Dilthey, Poetry and Experience

The ‘natural attitude’ that was the critical animus for all phenomenological studies of consciousness found a sociological equivalent in the somewhat belated thematization of ‘everyday life’ as a critical research focus. Simmel, in a pioneering essay on ‘Sociology of the ...

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