Intuition



On Intuition


When RG refers in his writings to Intuition, he only aims at what the Medieval metaphysicians called the "intellectual Intuition" or the "pure intellect"[1], and not the very basic and very limited "sensitive intuition" (intuition[2] by the senses) of modern philosophy, a [kind of] "receptiveness" which, by the way, is vigorously criticized by his pen. This Intuition to which Guénon is refering, possesses - according to metaphysical tradition - an immediate and direct knowledge of the [immutable and permanent] principles.


What more is true about the intellect is, as reminds us RG, "because it is necessarily never failing, in the same way as its operation is immediate, and as it is not really distinct from its object, it becomes one with Truth itself. This is the essential foundation of metaphysical certainty." [3]




[1] pure intellect: or superior intellect; pertaining to informal manifestation, it goes beyond human individuality and of any individual state whatsoever. That is why it is a transcendant principle.


[2] intuition: the immediate perception or understanding of truths, facts, or events, without reasoning; a truth, fact, or event perceived or understood immediately and without reasoning. World Book Dict.


[3] From 'Le Dictionnaire de René Guénon', Jean-Mark Vivenza, abbrev. DRG223, p. 223




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2006-05-03