Who is Thomas Luckmann?

Who is Thomas Luckmann?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

Thomas Luckmann was an American-Austrian sociologist of German and Slovenian descent who lived from October 14, 1927 to May 10, 2016 and worked mostly in Germany.

Born in Jesenice, Yugoslavia, Thomas Luckmann studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck. He married Benita Petkevic in 1950. He was at the center of studies in the field of sociology of communication, sociology of knowledge, sociology of religion and philosophy of science.

His best-known works are The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge (co-authored with Peter L. Berger), The Invisible Religion (1967), and The Structures of the Life-World (1973).

Luckmann was a follower of the phenomenologically oriented school of sociology founded by the Austrian-American scientist Alfred Schütz. He contributed to the establishment of phenomenological sociology, the sociology of religion in modern societies, and the sociology of information and communication. The interdisciplinary nature of his work remains relevant today in sociology and other disciplines.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım