Is Imagination an Essential Part of Intuition?

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Imagination is a way of knowing which is defined as the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. It could be seen as a vital part of intuition however others may say that they have no correlation to one another. Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning – similar to imagination - it is a way of knowing. Throughout this essay I will be evaluating, comparing and contrasting imagination in relation to intuition. I will also be concluding with my own inputs and ideas. Some may argue that imagination is a very important part of intuition. Intuition is seen as a form of knowledge – or more specifically speaking, a form of innate knowledge. It also has a connection to ethics and instinct, for example knowing, in a situation, what the correct or incorrect thing to do is. They may impose the question “How would we know what to do in an immediate situation if we have never experienced it?” This is where imagination would come into play. Imagination has a part in intuition as it allows us to create scenarios in our minds, even if we aren’t always necessarily aware of them. This is because imagination is associated with creativity, problem solving and originality. This helps us land on conclusions as to what will happen if you do the ‘right’ thing and what would happen if you don’t. It allows us to make the connections between the consequences and our

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