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Immediate understanding, knowledge, or awareness, derived neither from perception nor from reasoning. Immediate knowledge of a concept exists when a person can apply the concept correctly ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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... Immediate awareness, either of the truth of some proposition, or of an object of apprehension such as a concept. Awareness of the passage of time, or of the ineffable nature of God, have equally been claimed as intuitions. The notion is frequently regarded with suspicion, as simply labelling the place where the philosophical understanding of the source of our knowledge stops. In the philosophy of Kant intuition ( Anschauung ) has an empirical form, covering the sensible apprehension of things, and as pure intuition it is that which structures...

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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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...intuition Capacity or ability to understand a principle or abstract concept, sometimes one that has eluded others, without the exercise of conscious reasoning or thought. Intuition is sometimes regarded with suspicion as a dubious way to arrive at decisions, but creative scientists, such as the British biologist and Nobel laureate Peter Medawar ( 1915–87 ), have emphasized the importance of intuition in the initiating stages of original scientific discoveries. See also scientific method . ...

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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... . Originally an alleged direct relation, analogous to visual seeing, between the mind and something abstract and so not accessible to the senses. What are intuited (which can be derivatively called ‘intuitions’) may be abstract objects, like numbers or properties, or certain truths regarded as not accessible to investigation through the senses or calculation; the mere short-circuiting of such processes in ‘bank manager's intuition’ would not count as intuition for philosophy. Kant talks of our intuiting space and time, in a way which is direct and...

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n . Immediate understanding, knowledge, or awareness, derived neither from perception nor from reasoning. Immediate knowledge of a concept exists when a person can apply the concept correctly but cannot state the rules of its application; this form of intuition has been shown experimentally in studies of concept formation. The Chomskyan notion of competence ( 2 ) , for example, implies intuitive knowledge of grammatical concepts. Immediate awareness of the truth of a proposition ( 1 ) ( I have an intuition that I will win the lottery today ) is...

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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... . This is, essentially, arriving at decisions or conclusions without explicit or conscious processes of reasoned thinking. It is sometimes thought that intuitions are reliable, and indeed we do act most of the time without knowing why or what our reasons may be. It is certainly rare to set out an argument in formal terms, and go through the steps as prescribed by logicians. In this sense, almost all judgements and behaviour are ‘intuitive’. The term is used in philosophy to denote the alleged power of the mind to perceive or ‘see’ certain self-evident...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (3 ed.)

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... Variously of the intuitive grasp that people have or may have of the structure of their own language, and of the intuitive feeling that a linguist may have in investigating it. Compare counter-intuitive...

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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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...More generally, the position of the subject determines a Weltanschauung , an “intuition of the world,” whose meaning ranges from the cosmological to the romantic, and even ideological ( see WELTANSCHAUUNG ). II. Intuition and the Object of Intuition A. The various usages of Anschauung The Kantian revolution split the history of the different usages of Anschauung (and of “intuition”) in two, insofar as it set up in opposition to the intellectual intuition (we already find intuitio intellectualis in Nicholas of Cusa) inherited from noêsis ,...

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A. Paolucci, H. Paolucci, M. E. Brown, and T.V.F. Brogan

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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...human intuition of God with a painter’s intuition of a painting he has actually painted, as contrasted with his intuition of the same before he has painted it. This so-called ontological “proof” of God’s existence, later advanced by René Descartes , G. W. Leibniz , and Baruch Spinoza , prompted many later critics to attack Anselm. And foremost among them was Kant. Intuition lies at the heart of Kant’s entire intellectual paradigm. In his first critique, the Critique of Pure Reason ( 1781 ), Kant is at pains to distinguish two kinds of intuition: first, a...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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... pump Derogatory term for a thought experiment , especially one seeking to support a view by means of an analogy that is superficially compelling but more fundamentally doubtful. For example, one might compare all human action to the mechanical behaviour of insects in order to undermine any notion of freedom, without dwelling on the respects in which human behaviour is flexible and adaptable while that of insects is...

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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... , instinct . The two words overlap in meaning, and the OED indeed uses intuition in one of its definitions of instinct . Both refer to intellectual activity and both denote processes in which knowledge is apprehended without using any process of reasoning. An important difference, however, is that intuition is confined to humans whereas instinct is attributable to the animal world at large. In extended meanings, intuition means ‘immediate insight’ into a fact or feeling (as in the notorious phrase a woman’s intuition ), and instinct means...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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... †contemplation, view XV (rare before XVII); †regard, reference; (philos.) immediate knowledge or apprehension XVI; (gen.) immediate insight XVIII. — late L. intuitiō , -ōn- ; see IN- 1 , TUITION . So intuitive XVI. —...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...enjoy pondering whether one word can replace the other in the examples that follow. (intuition) A student’s intuition moves far more swiftly than can an instruction manual, and I believe that self-tuition is the finest form of education —R. Brindle Smith, 1986 ; Whatever that small voice of intuition was telling her about her destiny, common-sense decreed that the Prince already had a full hand of potential suitors —A. Morton, 1993 ; Decisions based on guesses and intuition are often horribly wrong — Golf Digest , 2004 ; (instinct) Blythswood Square, once...

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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: French-English (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: English German (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford German Dictionary: German-English (4 ed.)

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2012
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7 words
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Pocket Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary: English-French (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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2004
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4 words
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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

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2012
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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

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2012
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