By Alfred Schütz
Alfred Schutz. Collected Papers. Vol. II: reports in Social Theory. Nijhoff, 1976 (Phaenomenologica, Vol. 15)
From the "Editor's note": the current quantity, the second one of Alfred Schutz’s gathered Papers, comprises works in sociology from the interval 1940-1959 and – in a single case – from the 12 months 1932, chosen in line with a desk of association drafted via the writer almost immediately earlier than his loss of life. within the final weeks of his lifestyles Schutz made plans to have the various papers of his “American period” gathered and released in English, in ebook shape. the fabric used to be to be integrated in 3 volumes: one quantity, for which he selected the name: the matter of Social fact, the current quantity of reviews in Social concept, and certainly one of reviews in Phenomenological Philosophy. He left few directions in regards to the latter volumes, except a provisional directory of things to be incorporated, yet nonetheless had time to provide a few proposal to such editorial info because the subdivisions of the matter of Social truth, their series and the series of chapters inside every one part. That used to be all. the remainder needed to be entrusted to others.
In his Preface to quantity I, Father H. L. Van Breda has recalled the most info of Alfred Schutz’s existence and highbrow improvement, evoking the reminiscence additionally of his character as a guy and a student. Readers of the current quantity will locate those pages (Vol. I, pp. VI–XIII) in addition to the creation via Maurice Natanson (Vol. I, pp. XXV–XLVII) useful towards a deeper knowing of Schutz’s brain and work.
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In the face-to-face situation the fellowman and I were partners in a concrete We-relation. He was present in person, with a maximum of symptoms by which I could apprehend his conscious life. In the community of space and time we were attuned to one another; his Self reflected mine ; his experiences and my experiences formed a common stream, our experience; we grew older together. As soon as my fellowman leaves, however, my experience of him undergoes a transformation. I know that he is in some Here and Now of his own, and I know that his Now is contemporaneous with mine, but I do not participate in it, nor do I share his Here.
SOCIAL WORLD AND SOCIAL ACTION 15 This short and incomplete analysis of a rather trivial example shows the great complications inherent in the problem of the social act, but also gives an idea of the extension of the field to be explored by a theory of action worthy of its name. We do not intend to enter further into this topic here but we must draw some conclusions from our example concerning the role of the subjective point of view for the actor in the social world. The social world in which I live as one connected with others through manifold relations is for me an object to be interpreted as meaningful.
But the observer cannot be certain that this is really the case. As long as he remains a mere observer, he is not in a position to verify his interpretation of the Other's experiences by checking them against the Other's own subjective interpretations. And yet, the facility with which the observer can transform himself into a partner in a face-to-face social relation places him in a privileged position relative to the collection of knowledge about social reality. The observed individual can become a fellow-man who may be questioned, while a mere contemporary is not within my reach Here and Now, and a predecessor is, of course, forever beyond interrogation.