October, 2009

The Second Road to Phenomenological Sociology

Socioontology and the Question of Order
  • Patrik Aspers

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Few social scientists have taken the direct route to the roots of phenomenology. They have instead been lead, guided and accompanied by others, whose works have been like bridges of knowledge. The work that has spawned the interest among social scientists in phenomenology is Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann's famous work The Social Construction of Reality (1991; Berger 1970:15).

Berger and Luckman's work has also profoundly affected the social sciences, and above all sociology. It is through their works that social scientists have come to appreciate other philosophers such as Alfred Shutz and Edmund Husserl, and so moved into a study of phenomonology.

Citation (Chicago Style)

Aspers, Patrik. "The Second Road to Phenomenological Sociology: Socioontology and the Question of Order." Working Paper, Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2009.