Phenomenology Online

A Resource for Phenomenological Inquiry

Schutz, Alfred (1899-1959) was born in Vienna. Alfred Schutz studied law and social science under Hans Kelsen and Ludwig von Mises. He published Phenomenology of the Social World in 1932 which combined Weber’s sociology with Husserl’s phenomenological method. Schutz went to Freiburg, briefly, to work with Husserl. He left Vienna in 1939 for the US where he was first lecturer, and then professor at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the New School, New York. He also wrote Structure of the Life World (two vols.) with Thomas Luckmann and a posthumous edition of Collected Papers edited by Maurice Natanson (1962). It is generally considered that he developed phenomenology as a sociological science.