Ibn Sina’s Notion of Intuition and Claims of Democratic Education

  • Nuraan DavidsEmail author
  • Yusef Waghid


In this chapter, we elucidate Ibn Sina’s notion of intuition (hads) in relation to practices that are rational, imaginative and perceptive. We explain his conceptions of knowledge and intuition [hads]—highlighting that to Ibn Sina, human beings do not only come into this world without any innate knowledge but, indeed, have the potentiality to come to their own ways of seeing themselves, others and the world around them, through their own experiences. By implication, human intuitive intelligence is constituted by both rational and emotive aspects. And, when humans engage in democratic educational practices, their deliberations should be underscored by both cognitive and emotive dimensions of knowing, acting and being.


Intuition Rationality Imagination Perception Emotion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education Policy StudiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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