Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality

Building on the results of an earlier successful IRCHSS RDI Project ‘Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity’ (2008-2010), this project explicates and critically evaluates the phenomenological tradition’s understanding of sociality, i.e. the manner in which subjects act cooperatively and engage intersubjectively in social relations. Phenomenological accounts of social relations (in Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Max Scheler and Alfred Schutz) offer rich insights that challenge current predominantly analytic discussions of collective intentionality and social ontology. Particular attention will be given to the experience of others in empathy and the ability to execute collective intentions with others in the shared social life-world.