Suggest the session will look at two questions in succession.
Q1: What is your personal definition of insight ?
My own reflections:
Insight is that unique experience where we sense we have expanded our understanding of the world in some specific case. What is happening here ?
Would argue that insight is different from intuition on the one hand and different from deductive or logical inference on the other hand. Some have suggested that insight can be a form of 'rational intuition'.
Key feature for insight is we have generated some explanatory concepts which helps explain some feature of the world. The insight has some generalizability and logic to support some predictive power.
In the sense logic inference adds nothing new to the explanatory framework and raw intuition has no perceived generalizability . Of course intuition can lead to insight on further rational reflection.
Can we say that all analytical propositions are not formed by insight ? [Analytical propositions are where the meaning of the predicate is contained in the subject in the proposition. “All bachelors are unmarried “, for example.] Mathematics is tricky as to whether it is analytic or not.
Clearly some synthetic propositions are formed from insight but not all. For example, there is no insight in 'there is a book on the table', but there is tremendous insight in water is H20.
What feature of synthetic statements show signs of insight ?
What are interesting examples of insight ?
Are there knowledge domains where insight is just not possible. I can think of a few..
Q2: What does your understanding of insight imply about what you think the theory of truth is ?
My own reflections:
Clearly when we have insight we think we have some handle on the truth in a specific circumstance .
There is some quality of self evident justification or the clear and distinct perception that carries a strong warrant for belief.
Does the experience of insight suggest that truth is embedded in the objective world in some mysterious way and that the rare experience of genuine insight is where we glimmer an aspect of this truth ?
Or is the self evident nature in the experience of insight merely a psychological buzz so we are motivated to biological survive and happily pro-create the next day?
Other theories ?
Looking forward to the discussion.