[in-too-ish-uh-niz-uh m, -tyoo-]
- Ethics. the doctrine that moral values and duties can be discerned directly.
- the doctrine that in perception external objects are given immediately, without the intervention of a representative idea.
- the doctrine that knowledge rests upon axiomatic truths discerned directly.
- Logic, Mathematics. the doctrine, propounded by L. E. J. Brouwer, that a mathematical object is considered to exist only if a method for constructing it can be given.
Origin of intuitionism
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It is this truth that goodness and approbation are identical that Intuitionism builds upon.
It attempts thus to supplant both egoism and intuitionism by the same doctrine of the organic union between individuals.On the Ethics of Naturalism
William Ritchie Sorley
Dewey's criticism of intuitionism scarcely does justice to that method, whatever may be its inherent weakness.John Dewey's logical theory
Delton Thomas Howard
Intuitionism, whether capable or not of being disproved, is by its nature unsusceptible of decisive proof.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics</p>
William Thomas Thornton
- (in ethics)
- the doctrine that there are moral truths discoverable by intuition
- the doctrine that there is no single principle by which to resolve conflicts between intuited moral rulesSee also deontological
- philosophy the theory that general terms are used of a variety of objects in accordance with perceived similaritiesCompare nominalism, Platonism
- logic the doctrine that logical axioms rest on prior intuitions concerning time, negation, and provability
- the doctrine that knowledge, esp of the external world, is acquired by intuition
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