Topic 4. The fifth way of knowing - intuition, memory, imagination

The fifth way of knowing - intuition, memory or imagination?


Intuition, memory, imagination, knowledge issues, areas of knowledge

The question asks you to discuss intuition, memory or imagination as the fifth way of knowing and discuss the knowledge issues related to it in two areas of knowledge.

You should provide some definition of the fifth way of knowing in the introduction of your essay. Instead of dictionary definitions express ideas in your own words, this way your definition reflects your own understanding.

The following definitions can provide some guidance:
  • Intuition: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  • Memory: the cognitive function of storing and recalling information.
  • Imagination: the cognitive function of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
Knowledge Issues 

The topic assumes that intuition, memory or imagination could be regarded as ways of knowing. You may want to challenge this assumption, and even criticise the existing list of ways of knowing, by arguing that all knowledge is ultimately based on combination of reason and sense experiences (Kant’synthesis).  

Possible other knowledge issues/questions for this topic are ...

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