Illative sense

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(Metaph.) the faculty of the mind by which it apprehends the conditions and determines upon the correctness of inferences.

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Aquino draws on Newman's account of the illative sense to develop a third response, which he calls an "embodied particularism of informed judgment.
It is true that a new principle is introduced to explain revealed religious belief in PartII, namely the Illative Sense; as Newman systematically points out, however, the Illative Sense is operative in all kinds of human knowledge including science, politics, literary criticism, as well as religion.
He explains that as a Roman Catholic theologian Lonergan was well acquainted with Newman and that his systematic analysis of human consciousness and its cognitive activities derives in part from Newman's illative sense.
Rather, if Aristotle is correct in saying that rhetoric is "a faculty of observing in any given case and available means of persuasion," then rhetoric possesses an immediate and essential connection to Newman's exploration of real assents, conviction, and even the illative sense itself (1355b25).
9) Por ello, asi como se hace presente entre los misticos el sentido de la interioridad, o en los artistas, el sentido estetico, o entre los cientificos, el sentido de observacion de los fenomenos, o en los exploradores el sentido de orientacion--por mencionar algunos sentidos internos--, de la misma manera, en todo ser humano, en cuanto sujeto pensante, se da de manera natural el illative sense que le permite unificar y poner en conexion las operaciones mentales que realiza individual o colectivamente.
But Kirk did not have an entirely negative view of intuition, for he found it to be a distinct part of what Cardinal Newman called the illative sense, "which," Kirk said, "we may vulgarly term the jigsaw-puzzle capabilities of the intellect, a multitude of little evidences falling into place gradually, so that in the end one discovers 'powerful and concurrent reasons' for belief, even though one cannot consciously trace the intricate process by which conviction was brought about.
The two last chapters of the book are a personal addition of Aquino giving a communal dimension to the illative sense and mapping how people ordinarily reach certitude by transmission of knowledge and by relying on the reason of others.
Newman's own experientially based theory of development, ultimately based on his concept of the illative sense, would be the paradigm for this new reading and explanation of the facts of doctrinal history.
Newman himself makes the connection to phronesis, arguing that the Illative Sense only extends to matters of reasoning about truth what the Aristotelian virtue provides for reasoning about conduct.
The illative sense reasons in its own way" (Dulles, The Survival of Dogma 40).
In Part 1 Dunne makes some very pertinent remarks in helping us see the connections between Newman's illative sense and Aristotle's phronesis.