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Intuition and insight. The analysis of their selected features with reference to Bernard Lonergan position

Authors: Monika Walczak
Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski
Keywords: intuition insight Bernard J.F. Lonergan receptiveness/creativity directness/indirectness infallibility/fallibility
Year of publication:2016
Page range:16 (29-44)
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The paper discusses notions of intuition and insight. The most typical features attributed to intuition in the history of philosophy – receptiveness, passivity, immediateness, directness, self-evidence, infallibility, and indubitability – are analyzed. A variability of the notion of intuition is shown, taking as its example the category of insight, central for the epistemology of Bernard J.F. Lonergan (1904–1984), the twentieth-century philosopher locating between phenomenology, Thomism and hermeneutics. Insight is still in some respects a kind of intuition although it is creative, active, mediated, indirect, fallible and open to revision.
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