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1 feel like Wilhelm Meister at the end of his appreticeship [ ... ] he is given a book which contains all the questions troubling him, for instance (in Logical Investigations), the theory of types, predicative and attributive adjectives, or (in discussion), sleep and the unity of consciousness, relevance as a basic phenomenological category. Nevertheless, the whole approach tends towards metaphysics, which I myself don't oppose, except for the assertion that this metaphysical system - correct in its starting point, not in the manner in which it is carried through - is prior to all other metaphysical systems [ ...

Systematics 1. Matters of agreements What emerges from the published texts of Schutz and Kaufmann is a lifelong 'division of labor' between the two scholars: Schutz, writing [39] 145 about methodology, frequently quotes Kaufmann; Kaufmann, writing about concrete problems of sociology, relies on Schutz's analyses of the structure of social action and the different perceptions of the social world. 7 For instance, in Schutz's (1932/1967) The Phenomenology of the Social World, publications by Kaufmann hold the fifth rank of references (after Weber, Husserl, Sander and Scheler), and in Kaufmann's (1936a) Methodenlehre der Sozialwissenschaften, references to Schutz (1932) hold the fourth rank (after Kant, Weber and Husserl).

Granting you this, I cannot see why it should be incompatible with my conception of the natural attitude and epoche. The natural attitude refers to the life-world which, being one and unified (als eine und einheitliche), is also the substratum of apophantic, and, possibly, critical scientific judgment. But in the natural attitude the concept of reality is not gained through judgment. From the start the life 158 [52] world is taken for granted in the way in which it appears, unless motives appear which run counter to this general supposition.

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