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The Cognitive Operation of Judgment

The Cognitive Operation of Judgment

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The Cognitive Operation of Judgment
The Cognitive Operation of Judgment

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Published by: neothomismpc on Jan 19, 2013
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The Cognitive Operation of JudgmentByAnthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., M.B.A., Phd.(C)Copyright and (P)Patent by Anthony J. Fejfar and Neothomism PC (PA) andThe American People and the People of God as a Perpetual Public Domain Copyright and Patent.Chapter OneThe Cognitive Operation of JudgmentThe notion of Judgment is found in the work of the Ancient Philosopher, Aristotle, in thework of Medeival Philosopher, Thomas Aquainas, and in the Postmodern philosophy of BernardLonergan. The modern philosophers seem to ignore or even disparage the idea of judgment. Inhis book, “The Critique of Pure Judgment,” Emmanuel Kant purported to trash the idea of  judgment, but only really succeeded in making a critique of aesthetic judgment, which itself wasflawed.Now, when we consider the notion of judgment in the context of the cognitional processstructure of: Experience, Understanding, Judgment and Reflection (Lonergan), we find thatLonergan defined the cognitive operation of judgment as: A conditioned, whose conditions arefulfilled in consciounsess. In fact, Lonergan’s definition is incomplete at best and flawed at theworst. Judgment is an analogical logic function which is sometimes referred to as an intuitive judgment. Thus, in order to make a probable judgment of fact the person must make ananalogical judgment that one’s understanding of the data of experience is closely or substantiallyanalogous to the data of experience, as such. Therefore, I can judge as a probable judgment of fact that my understanding of my backyard tree is closely or substantially analogous to myexperience of my backyard tree.

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