Cognitive Process Logical Positivism By Anthony J. Faber, Phd. (C)Copyright (2010 C.E.) By Anthony J. Fejfar and Neothomism P.C.

(PA) Bernard Lonergan has written about the Cognitional Structure of: Experience, Understanding, Judgment and Reflection. The Lonerganian Cognitional Structure is similar to Experience based Logical Positivism, where, Logical Positivism is defined as: Experience and Logical Reasoning therefrom. The two foregoing approaches to knowing can be combined to produce the following Cognitional Process Structure: Experience, Understanding, and Logical Reasoning therefrom. With respect to the foregoing, Experience is defined as including both sense experience as well as internal experience such as, intuitive feeling, emotional feelings, imaginational feelingimage process, internal ideas or concepts, internal bodily feeling, etc. Understanding involves one naming, comparing and contrasting ideas, generating theories, comparing options, naming a label or idea for sense experience things or objects, naming subjects, as well as Analytic Understanding, and analytic logic, etc. Level III Logic involves Analytic Logic, Analogical Logic, and Probabalistic Logic. And, Logic is defined as that which is not illogical. That which is illogical is defined as that which involves a logical contradiction, such as, attempting to assert that an Apple and no Apple could be the case, at the same time and in the same place, such as your left hand, for example. That which is illogical could also involve the logical contradiction of attempting to assert that A and not A, could both be present in an argument, a brief, a memorandum, a report, an article, a book, etc. The possibility of the hermeneutic circle

(Gadamer) presenting a problem at the level of Understanding is not a problem at all because

Analogical Logic at the Level of Logic is a different Cognitive Operation than analytic logic or reasoning used at the Level II, level of understanding.

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