The Well-Informed Citizen

An Essay on the Social Distribution of Knowledge
  • Alfred Schutz
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 15)


The outstanding feature of a man’s life in the modern world is his conviction that his life-world as a whole is neither fully understood by himself nor fully understandable to any of his fellow- men. There is a stock of knowledge theoretically available to everyone, built up by practical experience, science, and technology as warranted insights. But this stock of knowledge is not integrated. It consists of a mere juxtaposition of more or less coherent systems of knowledge which themselves are neither coherent nor even compatible with one another. On the contrary, the abysses between the various attitudes involved in the approach to the specialized systems are themselves a condition of the success of the specialized inquiry.


Ideal Type Natural Concept Apply Theory Perfect Competition Social Distribution 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1976

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  • Alfred Schutz

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