The Participating Citizen

The Participating Citizen : A Biography of Alfred Schutz

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Vienna-born philosopher and social scientist Alfred Schutz (1899-1959) is primarily responsible for applying to the social sciences the resources of phenomenology, the prominent philosophical movement begun by Edmund Husserl in the early twentieth century. Drawing on previously unavailable letters, this biography depicts Schutz's childhood, adolescence, first visit to the United States, struggle to secure asylum for family and friends after the Austrian Anschluss, family and business life, and connections with phenomenologists worldwide, the New School for Social Research, and close friends. As a philosophical biography, it examines the ethical dimensions of his philosophical work, including its resistance to ethical theory, and shows how during the civil rights movement he articulated a standard for assessing democracy in terms of ability to facilitate individual citizen participation.
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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 162 x 224 x 30mm | 621.43g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791461416
  • 9780791461419

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"Michael D. Barber impressively situates Schutz's philosophical ideas and commitments within the context of Schutz's own life, providing an immense amount of historical detail and insight into the broader intellectual and social history of the early half of the last century."
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About Michael D. Barber

Michael D. Barber is Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University and the author of several books, including Equality and Diversity: Phenomenological Investigations of Prejudice and Discrimination.
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