“Intuition” is a derogatory term by which philosophers demean and degrade the reality of something that everyone knows.

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5 Comments

  1. Mike said,

    November 5, 2009 at 5:45 am

    “Philosopher” is a derogatory term by which non-philosophers demean and degrade the reality of something that only a few know.

  2. Jeff said,

    November 5, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I don’t know what this means. Is it a definition of the word insofar ad philosophers use it? Is this a jab at intuition?

  3. November 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Derogatory terms are not always designated by their definitions, but by their use.

    By “jab” do you mean I don’t think much of how the word tends to be used? If so, yes, its a jab.

  4. Peter said,

    November 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

    My reading was that “intuition” is used to signify a sort of dependent and posterior knowledge: one that, say, gets its reliability from something prior to it.
    That might be fine in itself, but it gets applied by philosophers to what we know without any prior, thereby degrading that prior. Or it is at least confused with it.

    In other words, the term as it is sometimes used among philosophers makes what is first in our knowledge (“what we already know” or “that from which we know other things”) seem to be not first.

    (Or am I misreading you?)

  5. November 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Nope, that’s right. I could give examples from bloggers, but who wants to start a fight?


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