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(1999) Schutzian social science, Dordrecht, Springer.

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-2944-4_9

The phenomenological foundation of the social sciences

Thomas Nenon

pp. 173-186


After discussing the need of all empirical sciences for a foundation in a non-empirical science outside of themselves, I argue that the social sciences need such a foundation for "practical" and theoretical reasons. I argue that phenomenological philosophy is well suited to provide it by setting the assumptions made by the social sciences within a broader framework of systematically examined beliefs, but philosophical reflection cannot replace the empirical research specific to the social sciences.

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