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Related to connaturally: connaturality, innate


 (kə-năch′ər-əl, kŏ-)
1. Innate; inborn.
2. Related or similar in nature; cognate.

[Medieval Latin connātūrālis : Latin com-, com- + Latin nātūrālis, by birth; see natural.]

con·nat′u·ral′i·ty (-ə-răl′ĭ-tē) n.
con·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
con·nat′u·ral·ness n.
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I will argue that the reason that beauty has this unique dual quality is because the beautiful object possesses an excess of intelligibility: as a result, while beauty transcends human abstractive powers, the orderly perfection of the object is nevertheless connaturally recognized.
The metaphoricity of all our knowledge qualifies it as connaturally tentative, relativistic, multi-layered, and ever-changingly complex, sensuous and participative" (21).
Thus, Botwinick says, Oakeshott believes in a kind of "mysticism," which seems to mean that we know God exists, perhaps partly inferentially and partly connaturally, bur cannot really know much about Him or explain Him in words.