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  • By knowledge we of course mean the intellect's ability to think and reason out problems, create hypothetical questions, make plans, distinguish between things, and, most of all, talk to itself.

    William Horden: Finding Wisdom In The Age Of Reason

  • If we distinguish sensorial apprehension from the intellect's judgment of it, then it is perfectly legitimate to expect truth (or a certain kind of truth) from the senses.

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol)

  • This crab-wise approach gets thrown in the pot along with a genuine sorrow at circumstance and weariness with the intellect's downgraded predicament; what's boiling over in this début is a humane love, and a love for humane acts, appropriate to our culturally frightened Present.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Yet creation is a process which, according to the Timaeus, can be divided into two stages, the demiurgic intellect's thinking of the Forms of all entities and its imposing them on matter.


  • For one thing, Scotus believes that our intellect's need for phantasms is a temporary state.

    John Duns Scotus

  • When the human mind grasps a self-evident truth, it does so immediately and infallibly not because the mind has received any special illumination, but because the terms of the proposition are themselves intelligible: our grasp of a proposition "seems to follow necessarily from the character of the terms, which character they derive from the divine intellect's causing those terms to have intelligible being naturally"

    Divine Illumination

  • The conceptual distinction between them can only arise from an intellect's consideration.

    Godfrey of Fontaines

  • His theory of intellectual knowledge is based on the agent intellect's ability to abstract potentially intelligible content from phantasms (images) produced by the imagination, an internal sense.

    Godfrey of Fontaines

  • What Aquinas further denies, and what was controversial, was the claim that there is a special ongoing divine influence, constantly required for the intellect's operation.

    Divine Illumination

  • Here there seems to be nothing special about the intellect's need for illumination.

    Divine Illumination


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