S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute of Korean Political Studies (한국정치연구소) 한국정치연구 (Journal of Korean Politics) 한국정치연구 Volume 08/09 (1999)
Schutz's Account of the Life World - In Search for a Political Sphere -
- Kim, Hong-woo
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- 서울대학교 한국정치연구소
- 한국정치연구, Vol.8, pp. 519-547
- In this Paper, I intend to pursue Alfred Schutz's account of the life-world. Schutz's central concern is methodology of social science. He sees in the notion of the life-world a new foundation for social science. He restates the methodology of social science in terms of Husserl's life-world. We can condense Schutz's ideal of social science as follows: methodology of "social science" is to be anchored in the "motivational understanding" of the "social world." In this statement, we find three critical terms, i.e., "social science," "motivational understanding" and "social world." In order to understand Schutz's ideal of social science, we need to explicate each of these terms carefully. In the following discussion, however, I will concentrate on Schutz's notion of the social world. In particular, I will explicate Schutz's ontological standpoint in contradistinction to the constitutional genesis of the social world. At the end of the discussion, I will give a brief account of my own search for the constitution of a political or public sphere within the life world.
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