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Bentley, Arthur Fisher (16 October 1870–21 May 1957), sociologist, political scientist, and philosopher, was born in Freeport, Illinois, the son of Angeline Alice Fisher and Charles Frederick Bentley, a banker. The family moved to Omaha and then to Grand Island, Nebraska. Bentley briefly attended both York College, Nebraska, and the University of Denver, Colorado, before returning to Grand Island to work in his father’s bank. In 1890 Bentley entered Johns Hopkins University to study economics and sociology. He returned again to Grand Island and, with his father, collected economic and agricultural data on the community of Harrison, Nebraska. Bentley received an A.B. in 1892. His undergraduate thesis, “The Condition of the Western Farmer as Illustrated by the Economic History of a Nebraska Township,” was published the next year in the ...

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Schutz, Alfred (13 April 1899–20 May 1959), philosopher and social scientist, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Alfred Schutz and Johanna Fialla. His father died before Schutz was born, and his mother then married Schutz’s uncle, Otto Schutz, a bank executive. In adolescence he became passionately interested in music, literature, and art. He was drafted at age eighteen after graduating from the Esterhazy Gymnasium and fought on the Italian front in World War I. Upon his discharge, he studied law at the University of Vienna under Hans Kelsen and economics under ...