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Ever since ancient times, ‘intuition’ (from the Latin intueri, ‘look at,’ ‘consider’) has denoted mental gaze and objective inspiration—the immediate, holistic knowledge or experience of things and facts, by contrast with mediated, discursive knowledge. Considered psychologically, ‘intuition’ means the spontaneous grasp of the connections of reality. ‘Brainstorming,’ for example, represents a procedure for the stimulation of creative thinking.

It is through intuition, according to (1) Plato, that we come to know or experience the ultimate ‘Ideas’ by wh…

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Bäumer, Michael, “Intuition”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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