The Phenomenological Approach to Social Reality

History, Concepts, Problems

  • Alessandro Salice
  • Hans Bernhard Schmid

Part of the Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality book series (SIPS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Alessandro Salice, Hans Bernhard Schmid
    Pages 1-14
  3. Social and Institutional Facts

  4. Doing Things Together

  5. The Values and Ontological Status of Social Reality

About this book


This volume features fourteen essays that examine the works of key figures within the phenomenological movement in a clear and accessible way. It presents the fertile, groundbreaking, and unique aspects of phenomenological theorizing against the background of contemporary debate about social ontology and collective intentionality.

The expert contributors explore the insights of such thinkers as Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, Adolf Reinach, and Max Scheler. Readers will also learn about other sources that, although almost wholly neglected by historians of philosophy, testify to the vitality of the phenomenological tradition. In addition, the contributions highlight the systematic relevance of phenomenological research by pinpointing its position on social ontology and collective intentionality within the history of philosophy.

By presenting phenomenological contributions in a scholarly yet accessible way, this volume introduces an interesting and important perspective into contemporary debate insofar as it bridges the gap between the analytical and the continental traditions in social philosophy. The volume provides readers with a deep understanding into such questions as: What does it mean to share experiences with others? What does it mean to share emotions with friends or to share intentions with partners in a joint endeavor? What are groups? What are institutional facts like money, universities, and cocktail parties? What are values and what role do values play in social reality?


collective intentionality Felix Kaufmann Fritz Schreier Critique of Adolf Reinach Czesław Znamierowski’s Social Ontology Heidegger on Social Reality Karl Löwith’s on Sociality Husserl on Collective Intentionality Varieties of Togetherness Scheler on Collective Affective Intentionality Hermann Schmalenbach on the Nature of the Social Bond Schutz and Walther on Phenomenology of Experiential Sharing Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Social Ontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Salice
    • 1
  • Hans Bernhard Schmid
    • 2
  1. 1.Center Subjectivity ResearchUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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