How is the other approached and conceptualized in terms of Schutz's constitutive phenomenology of the natural attitude?

Hisashi Nasu

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The problem of the other was one of the central problems for the founder of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl. He investigated the other as the alter ego intensively in the Fifth Cartesian Meditation, in which he introduced the conceptions of "analogical apperception'' and "pairing'' as fundamental forms of "passive synthesis.'' Although it is no doubt Husserl who investigated the other most seriously and intensively, there is anaporiain his theory of the other. If the other is an object of ego's intentional consciousness, the other turns out to be no more than a modification of the ego. In the face of such anaporia, some phenomenologists embarked upon inquiry into the other. This paper focuses primarily on Alfred Schutz's discussion of the "other'' in general and about the "stranger'' in particular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-396
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct



  • Alfred Schutz
  • Constitutive phenomenology of natural attitude
  • Edmund Husserl
  • Experience of the other
  • Knowledge
  • Otherness
  • Relevance system
  • The stranger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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