Schutzian Research

Volume 4, 2012

Denisa Butnaru
Pages 79-90

Crossing Cultures of Knowledge
Alfred Schütz’s Heritage and the Contemporary Social Science of the Individual in France

The aim of the present article is to draw attention on a historical development in the French sociological tradition. Being a heritage of the German intellectual context, the tradition of the comprehensive sociology was not among the main trends in France. Furthermore, the phenomenological orientation in social theory mostly associated with the work of Alfred Schütz was also a side interest until the 1980s. From this decade on, a new paradigm becomes gradually institutionalized, a paradigm which gathers different intellectual and theoretical positions and which partly rehabilitates the comprehensive and the phenomenological heritage. My intention is to analyze how this new orientation in the French social science used the comprehensive legacy in order to propose a new culture of knowledge.