The Anthem Companion to Alfred Schutz

The Anthem Companion to Alfred Schutz

Edited by Michael Barber

Anthem Companions to Sociology

This book examines various concepts in Schutz’s philosophical theory and considers issues in theory of knowledge, social science, and the theory of society. 

Hardback, 230 Pages


August 2022

£120.00, $195.00

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About This Book

Schutz, then, being a philosopher with extensive experience with social scientists, economists, theorists of law—whom he encountered in his studies at the University of Vienna in the early twentieth century, worked in two areas: philosophical and social scientific theory. His investigations can be studied and more deeply appreciated in their own right, and also for the contributions they might make to an analysis of social problems (e.g. intercultural, interracial understanding) or of problems in the social sciences, including how social science itself can proceed in its different areas, such as sociology of knowledge, sociology in general, or the theory of society.

The contributors to this volume will examine topics in Schutz’s philosophical-phenomenological theory of the social world, such as the second person, the face-to-face relationship, the meaning of human action, signs, symbols, and relevance (or interests). Since Schutz sought to provide philosophical foundations for the social sciences, his work opens up a series of epistemological questions, such as those about traditional knowledge and the opacity of knowledge and theory, that is, the neglected or unseen questions that accompany any knowing or theorizing. Also, authors from within the Schutzian framework will address issues IN the social sciences, such as the Durkheimian aspects of Schutz’s thought, the sociology of knowledge, and the theory of sociology. The book will also explore how Schutzian theory, which is often viewed as a micro-sociology, can be extended to give an account of a macro-sociological reality like modern society.


The Anthem Companions to Sociology offers wide ranging and masterly overviews of the works of major sociologists. The volumes in the series provide authoritative and critical appraisals of key figures in modern social thought. These books, written and edited by leading figures, are essential additional reading on the history of sociology. – Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

This ambitious series provides an intellectually thoughtful introduction to the featured social theorists and offers a comprehensive assessment of their legacy. Each edited collection synthesizes the many dimensions of the respective theorist’s contributions and sympathetically ponders the various nuances in and the broader societal context for their body of work. – Michele Dillon, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire

The orchestration and emergence of the Anthem Companions to Sociology represent a formidable and invaluable achievement. Each companion explores the scope, ingenuity and conceptual subtleties of the works of a theorist indispensable to the sociological project. The editors and contributors for each volume are the very best in their fields, and they guide us toward the richest, most creative seams in the writings of their thinker. The results, strikingly consistent from one volume to the next, brush away the years, reanimate what might have been lost and bring numerous rays of illumination to the most pressing challenges of the present. – Rob Stones, Professor of Sociology, Western Sydney University, Australia

Author Information

Michael Barber is a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University, author of 7 books and over 100 articles and editor of 16 books.


Anthem Companions to Sociology

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Chronology; Introduction; PART ONE SCHUTZ ON EVERYDAY LIFE, One: Alfred Schutz’s Theory of Relevance,  Andreas Göttlich; Two: Alfred Schutz’s Theory of Sign and Symbol,  Jochen Dreher; Three: Copresence as an Essential Site for the Transmission of Embodied Knowledge: From a Case of the Practice of Japanese Utai of Noh Theater,  Chihaya Kusayanagi; Four: Reading Alfred Schutz’s “The Stranger” Essay, Hisashi Nasu; Five: Alfred Schutz and the Second-Person Experience, Michael Barber; PART TWO SCHUTZ ON SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY, Six: A Phenomenology of Modernity? Alfred Schutz’s Contributions to a Theory of Modern Society,  Alexis Gros; Seven: Durkheimian Aspects of Schutz’s Phenomenological Sociology,  Carlos Belvedere; Eight: The Problem of Opacity in Alfred Schutz’s Phenomenological Sociology,  Daniela López; Nine: Schutz’s Sociology of Knowledge,  Ilja Srubar; Ten: Scientific Modeling: Considering a Schutzian Informed Quantitative Sociology,  Jerry Williams; Notes on Contributors; Index.


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