Schutzian Research

Volume 12, 2020

Jerry Williams
Pages 155-170

Considering Finite Provinces of Meaning
The Problem of Communication in the Social Sciences

This essay considers social science as a finite province of meaning. It is argued that teasing out common-sense meanings from social scientific conceptions is difficult because the meanings of scientific concepts are often veiled in life-worldly taken-for-grantedness. If social scientists have successfully created a scientific province of meaning, attempts to communicate findings outside of this reduced sphere of science should be somewhat problematic.