The following is neither exclusively the study of a philosopher r a problem, and yet is both as well. Alfred Schutz is w recogniz- ed to have been a profoundly insightful philosopher who explor- ed the nature of social reality and the social sciences. His works are exercising a great influence in a wide range of problems and disciplines, the latter including the social sciences themselves. All of this is testimony to the sagacity and penetrating character of his analyses as well as the fruitfulness and soundness of his con- cepts. Philosophy proceeds, however, by t merely accepting the work of great philosophers, but by engaging them in critical philosophic dialogue. It is time for this interchange to begin with respect to Schutz's work. To some extent, then, this work is di- rected to that task. It does t undertake a systematic treat- ment of the whole of Schutz's philosophy, for much more work in many aspects of his thought is yet to be done before such a pro- ject can reasonably be undertaken. Yet, the issue of concern in this study is, I w believe, the philosophic center of the whole of Schutz's work.