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- n. The doctrine that the perception or recognition of primary truth is intuitive, or direct and immediate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine that the perception or recognition of primary truth is intuitive, or direct and immediate; -- opposed to
sensationalism, and experientialism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In metaphysics, the doctrine that the absolute is known, in its existence, by an immediate cognition of the understanding.
Though there would seem to be an element of truth in intuitionalism, since man, to be man at all, must be conceived as made for God and having that in him which points to the end or ideal of his being, still in its most extreme form it would not be difficult to show that this theory is untenable.
The traditional method of combating intuitionalism from the time of John Locke to that of Herbert Spencer has been to present the reader with a list of cruel and abominable savage customs, ridiculous superstitions, acts of religious fanaticism and intolerance, which have all alike seemed self-evidently good and right to the peoples or individuals who have practised them.
Just in what direction the new biology will grow out is hard to see at present, so many divergent beginnings have been made -- the materialistic vitalism of Driesch, the profound intuitionalism of Bergson, the psychological biology of Delpino, Francé, Pauly, A. W.gner and W. Mackenzie.
Esoterically understood, his novel teaches a doctrine of mysticism, intuitionalism, and materialism combined.
On the other hand, intuitionalism is not unknown in the West.