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Intuition, Reason, and Derrida’s Postmodernism A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar

© Copyright 2006 by

Anthony J. Fejfar

Derrida’s postmodernism involves linguistic deconstruction.

underlying premise of this postmodernism is that reality is based upon ideas.

conditioned upon an act of interpretation of the knower.

postmodern, then, reality does not exist independently of the knower. Critical Realism, or Critical Thomism, on the other hand argues that The idea is that

reality, at least in part, exists independent of any knower.

Substantial Form, structures all Reality, and provides a basis for knowing, Aristotelians believe in Substantial

outside the mind of the interpreter.

Form, and substantial forms, metaphysically, while, Platonist believe in the

World of the Immutable Platonic Forms, sometimes known as the World of the Forms.

existing tree, and because a substantial form exists for an actual existing tree, the actual existing tree, as well as the idea of, “tree,” to some degree exists independently of any knower.


This type of idealism seems to suggest that all knowledge is For the

Because an immutable platonic form exists for an actually

I would argue that the forms, whether substantial, or platonic, oscillate or vibrate.

manifest probabilistically.

very important cognitive faculty.

connection of what Bergson describes as “intellectual sympathy” between

the object of knowing, and the knowing itself.

Intuition both of the forms, as well as an Intuition of the particular object itself.

I know the tree in my backyard to be a tree, precisely because, as Zen would tell us, I have an immediate intuition of the tree, and going beyond Zen, the form itself. Remember, because the forms can be “added to, but not subtracted from, rearranged, but not changed,” the world of the forms is only moderately conservative, and in some sense could be considered,


because we intuit both the forms and the object itself, immediately.

They are like columns of light-sound-feeling, which Intuition is a

Thus, the forms must be intuited.

Intuition operates non-locally to provide a

Real knowing involves an

Reason, then, is objective, or authentically subjective, in part

Bibliography Aristotle, The Metaphysics Bergson, Henri, Introduction to Metaphysics Plato, The Republic