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Schutz's Theory of Relevance and the We-relation

Schutz's Theory of Relevance and the We-relation 121 Schutz's Theory of Relevance and the We-relation RONALD R. COX Coe College Schutz repeatedly stressed the importance of the phenomenon of relevance for the problems encountered in the analysis of the social world and the social sciences. It will be the task of this essay to show that relevance and his analysis of it provide an important foundation for understanding the we-relation and the face-to-face situation. It could be argued that relevance is similarly essential to the general analysis of intersubjectivity, but the current essay must be more limited in scope. Further, we will suppose that Schutz's limitation of his investigations to the mundane sphere is acceptable for our purposes here. It must be recognized, however, that this limitation has been questioned and that this necessitates further clarification of the roles of the mundane and the transcendental in Schutz's work. 1 - 1. The Face-to-face Situation and the We-relationship. . The face-to-face situation is, as the name suggests, the common circum- stance of two people being collocated in time and space, in bodily presence to each other.2 The we-relation is the intersubjective experience of the individuals in the face-to-face situation. Schutz distinguished the 1 Maurice Natanson, "Alfred http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Schutz's Theory of Relevance and the We-relation

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 3 (1): 121 – Jan 1, 1973

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Brill
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© 1973 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916473X00071
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121 Schutz's Theory of Relevance and the We-relation RONALD R. COX Coe College Schutz repeatedly stressed the importance of the phenomenon of relevance for the problems encountered in the analysis of the social world and the social sciences. It will be the task of this essay to show that relevance and his analysis of it provide an important foundation for understanding the we-relation and the face-to-face situation. It could be argued that relevance is similarly essential to the general analysis of intersubjectivity, but the current essay must be more limited in scope. Further, we will suppose that Schutz's limitation of his investigations to the mundane sphere is acceptable for our purposes here. It must be recognized, however, that this limitation has been questioned and that this necessitates further clarification of the roles of the mundane and the transcendental in Schutz's work. 1 - 1. The Face-to-face Situation and the We-relationship. . The face-to-face situation is, as the name suggests, the common circum- stance of two people being collocated in time and space, in bodily presence to each other.2 The we-relation is the intersubjective experience of the individuals in the face-to-face situation. Schutz distinguished the 1 Maurice Natanson, "Alfred

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1973

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