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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.

Equivocations: Modern Trinitarian Conundrums
Equivocations: Modern trinitarian conundrums

Anyone who has a lively intuition of these three (memory, understanding, and love) … has thereby found the image of that supreme trinity.

Augustine, The Trinity

Humanity's indispensable demand for pure and absolute knowledge (and what is inseparably one with that, its demand for pure and absolute valuing and willing).

Husserl, ‘Philosophy as a Rigorous Science’

Man projected his three ‘inner facts’, that in which he believed more firmly than in anything else, will, spirit, ego, outside himself.

Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

The embodiment of modernity did not result in a unified experience of the world or of the self. In modern society a variety of irreducibly distinct ontological regions with their characteristic phenomena emerged and were institutionalized. Furthermore, although modernity above all ...

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