This volume contains a translation of four early manuscripts by Alfred Schutz, unpublished at the time, written between 1924 and 1928. The publication of these four essays adds much to our knowledge and appreciation of the wide range of Schutz’s phenomenological and sociological interests. Originally published in 1987.
The essays consist of: a challenging presentation of a phenomenology of cognition and a treatment of Bergson’s conceptions of images, duration, space time and memory; a discussion of the meanings connected with the grammatical forms of language in general; a consideration of the relation between meaning-contents and literary forms in poetry, literary prose narration and dramatic presentation; and an examination of resemblances and differences in the inner forms and characteristics of the major theatrical art forms.
"…what makes "Life Forms and Meaning Structure" of a particular interest for a phenomenologist, besides all the other points, is to see why and how Schutz displays dissatisfaction with, up to those days available, phenomenological analyses and how Schutz would progress with an alternative (but not necessarily incompatible) path."
Mohammad Shafiei, Phenomenological Reviews
Introductory Part. Part 1: Theory of Life Forms and Symbol Concept Life Forms and Meaning Structure Part 2: Theory of the Structure of the Objectification of Meaning Meaning Structures of Language. Meaning Structures of Literary Art Forms. Meaning Structures of Drama and Opera Part 3: Object and Method of the Social Sciences
Reissuing works originally published between 1959 and 1995, Routledge Library Editions: Phenomenology offers a selection of scholarship covering this important branch of philosophy. Volumes cover theories of Husserl and Heidegger, and branch out to such topics as psychology, Marxism, language and emotion, and education, forming a varied and informative collection of previously out-of-print works.