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n.1.An apprehension or opinion formed before examination or knowledge.
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229-33; the difference between Rahner and Lonergan on this point is rooted in the difference between Rahner's preapprehension of being and Lonergan's open, unrestricted desire to know, which is a pure heuristic notion or anticipation of being.
Preapprehension does not mean a determined judgment but rather an intellectual "horizon": a preconceptual, nonobjective grasp of the Absolute.
The conversion to the phantasm, which links the intellect's knowledge of the universal concept to the sensate phantasm, reaches its term in the judgment only because the intellect can affirm the converted phantasm as a finite reality over against its preapprehension of infinite Being.
This means that categorial revelation shows that human intelligence reaches its full term, not in the merely implicit drive of the preapprehension for the Absolute, but in faith's explicit drive for the God who reveals himself in Christ.