Schütz on Objectivity and Spontaneous Orders

Schutzian Research. Volume 2 (2010): 163-179.

9 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

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Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: December 15, 2010

Abstract

Although Schütz's relationship with the Austrian school of economics was an intimate one, Lavoie and other Austrian scholars have challenged (a) Schütz's characterization of praxeology as an objective science of subjective phenomena and (b) the ability of Schütz's phenomenology, which emphasizes the subjective meaning of actors, to really make sense of spontaneous social orders. It is my contention, however, that Schütz can be adequately defended against both these charges. First, for Schütz, the claim that social science is an objective science of subjective phenomena need not imply apodictic apriorism nor solipsism. Second, in spite of his emphasis on subjective meanings, the study of spontaneous social orders need not be difficult to to justify.

Keywords: Schütz, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Culture and Economy, Thick Descriptions

Suggested Citation

Storr, Virgil Henry, Schütz on Objectivity and Spontaneous Orders (December 15, 2010). Schutzian Research. Volume 2 (2010): 163-179.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203000

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