Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thinking; intellectual; of or pertaining to the discursive faculty.
- n. That part of logic winch treats of ratiocination. Sir William Hamilton proposed to extend the meaning of the term so as to include the whole science of the laws of thought.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Metaph.) Pertaining to the discursive faculty, its acts or products.
- adj. proceeding to a conclusion by reason or argument rather than intuition
- From Ancient Greek διανοητικός (dianoētikos, "pertaining to thinking"), from διανοητός (dianoētos), verbal adjective of διανοέεσθαι (dianoeesthai, "to think"), from δια- (dia-, "through") + νοέειν (noeein, "to think, suppose"). (Wiktionary)
“But the aim is after all the life of the intellect, and the "dianoetic" virtues are superior to the practical.”
“Descending the line furnishes justification for the claims of the dianoetic sciences and beliefs about the material world, including the states of affairs in actual cities.”
“Judgment or arrangement was likewise dichotomized into axiomatic judgment (enunciations) and dianoetic judgment (reasoning processes).”
“Consequently, for Aristotle the highest happiness is to be found not in the ethical virtues of the active life, but in the contemplative or philosophic life of speculation, in which the dianoetic virtues of understanding, science, and wisdom are exercised.”
“Virtues are divided into ethical and intellectual (dianoetic); and so are the contrary vices.”
“Rare jargon we made of it; talking of cosmothetie idealism or hypothetical dualism, of noetic and dianoetic principles, of hylozoism and hypostasis, and demonstrating the most undemonstrable propositions by appeals to the law of contradiction or of excluded middle.”
“The correlatives _noetic_ and _dianoetic_, says Hamilton, would afford the best philosophic designation of these two faculties; the knowledge attained by the former is an "intuitive principle" -- a truth at first hand; that obtained by the latter is a "demonstrative proposition" -- a truth at second hand.”
“This intelligence then, either derives the principles of reasoning from intellect, which principles are axioms, and then through the dianoetic power produces demonstrative reasoning, the conclusions of which are always true and never false.”
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