The phenomenology of the levels of knowledge
In describing the relation of signiﬁcant intention to fulﬁlling intuition we began with the verbal expression of a percept, and said that the intentional essence of the intuitive act ﬁtted in with, or belonged to, the semantic essence of the signiﬁcative act. This is plainly so in every case of total identiﬁcation, where acts of like quality, i.e. both assertive or both unassertive, are synthetically uniﬁed; where the acts are of unlike quality, the identiﬁcation is solely based on their materials. This carries over, mutatis mutandis, to cases of partial identiﬁcation, so that we may hold that the material or matter is the aspect of the character of each act which comes up for synthesis, that is essential for identiﬁcation (and naturally also for distinction).