What Can the Human Sciences Contribute to Phenomenology?

Ken Liberman gir en åpen gjesteforelesning fredag 30. mai, kl. 9.15-11.00 i Arne Rettedals hus, rom V-101.

Ken Liberman er professor emeritus ved Department of Sociology, University of Oregon. Han er for tiden gjesteprofessor ved Syddansk Universitet. Han er også gjesteforsker ved Università di Trento i Italia. I sin forelesning vil Liberman bl.a. presentere sentrale temaer innenfor sosialfenomenologi og etnometodologi.

Liberman will review the uses to which social phenomenology and ethnomethodology have put the central themes of Edmund Husserl, and he will offer a summary of the theoretical developments of Alfred Schutz, Aron Gurwitzsch, and their student Harold Garfinkel (who was Liberman's professor) and discuss their relations to Husserl. Following this theoretical summary, Liberman will offer two brief case studies of phenomenological research from an ethnomethodological perspective: games-with-rules and the efforts of professional coffee tasters to specify objectively the taste of coffee. Liberman's thesis is that Husserl's fundamental themes can be advanced productively by undertaking detailed studies of the organization of sense and order of in vivo ordinary activities. Interested persons can read the Conclusion to his recent book, More Studies in Ethnomethodology (SUNY Press, 2013), which is entitled, "Respecifying Husserl's Phenomenology as Situated Worldly Inquiries.

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