As the title indicates, in this book the overall position which has been
presented is that intuition is a natural and necessary part of the
"mind's--life," i.e., the functioning of the human mind in the process of
acquiring knowledge and understanding. However, even though intuition is
natural and necessary for human knowledge and understanding, it is not
viewed with favour by many thinkers around the world. The reason is that,
in general, it has been taken to be a non-discursive form or independent way
of gaining knowledge. Yet, as most rigorous thinkers hold, knowledge is by
its very nature discursive.
Given the foregoing view of intuition, as it is generally understood, the
challenge which has been set before the author in writing this book was to
legitimate the belief in and use of intuition by presenting an explanation
as to its nature and uses which is not at odds with what rigorous thinkers
take knowledge to be. The core idea of that has been taking in intuition to
be in the writings of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Briefly, intuition, so
viewed, is taken to be an integral process of the mind, which culminates in
an act of insight. The process involves reasoning, but the insight in which
the process culminates does not.
Intuition is not a form of knowledge; rather it is only one means to
knowledge which together with reason, sense-experience, and revelation (in
the Heideggerian sense) make possible knowledge and understanding.
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