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7. That it is not necessary to hold two different views of the nature of consciousness to understand language, since it is because of his views on language that Husserl developed these conceptions of consciousness. A. EXPRESSION AND MEANING The question of language is brought up only obliquely in Ideas, and then treated in an extremely concentrated form. ) In fact, when it is brought up for the first time it is not considered a problem at all. Husserl says with confidence: We add here this further remark, that by "categories" we can understand, on the one hand, concepts in the sense of meanings but on the other also, and to better effect, the formal essences themselves whiph find their expression in these meanings.

148. p. lSI. p. 25I. p. II, et passim. p. 147. p. I54. EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE METAPHYSICS OF PRESENCE 33 F. INTENTIONAL ANALYSIS We have previously seen that the essence of consciousness is intentionality. It is only now, after we have performed the reduction to evoke the uniquely phenomenological sphere that we can follow out what is involved in this principle. Intentionality is the main phenomenological theme, and the intentional structure can be revealed through analysis; precisely this is the task of phenomenological description.

Pp. 198-99. , p. 57. 26 EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE METAPHYSICS OF PRESENCE intuitions can be primordial dator intuitions, the fundamental justification and grounding of any cognition whatsoever. This, then, constitutes the fundamental part of our claim that HusserI carries through the intent of what we call the metaphysics of presence, this positing of primordial immediate intuition as the movement that gives knowledge of being through presence. But it is clear that not all knowledge is of the type of direct intuition.

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