How We Know the Essence of What There is

  • Louis O. Kattsoff


The many references to immediate knowledge of the structure of what there is makes it necessary to consider the method in some detail. First I want to consider some of the objections to such knowledge. These objections may be directed either at the necessity for such a knowledge or at the claim that there are propositions which are the result of such knowledge. If we use the somewhat ambiguous words ‘intuitive’ and ‘intuition’ the objections take the form either of a denial of the necessity of intuition in acquiring knowledge or of the existence of intuitive propositions.


Moral Judgment Causal Relation Ambiguous Word Social Harmony Ontological Argument 
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  1. 1.
    R. I. Aaron, “Intuitive Knowledge,” Mind, LI, 204, October, 1942, p. 305.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    H. H. Price makes this point in Thinking and Experience (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1953), although for a different purpose.Google Scholar

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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis O. Kattsoff
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaUSA

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