IN THE NEO-KANTIAN PROGRAM FOR KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE, THE SEARCH for the general, the objective, and the universal sooner or later became a search for the formal. From its sources in Kant, this formalism had been derived from a twofold distinction: (1) one that separated phenomena from the thing in itself, rejecting the latter as an object of cognition, and (2) from a distinction between the form and content of phenomena, with forms seen as objective and universal, representing the mind-supplied universal element of knowledge. Things were different for phenomenology.