In philosophy, the word ‘phenomenon’ is used to describe the way in which things appear to our senses.
Philosophies such as phenomenology put forward by Husserl (1859-1939) take as their starting point the view that we can never know what the world is actually like, but must rely on what our senses tell us about it.
This A-level Sociology video explores how phenomenology has been applied by Schutz to society.
This video includes concepts and sociologists such as:
Berger and Luckmann
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These allow us to organise the world into a shared understandable form. What are these?
What is the belief that the social world is something real ‘out there’ also known as?
Who applied the philosophical theory to society?
Who disagreed with Schutz and queried how society could be merely a product of our mind when, once meanings are set, they then become an external reality that can have profound effects on our lives?