Monday, October 15, 2018

What is a Dianoetic Habit?

Entry 0598: What is a Dianoetic Habit? 


The phrase dianoetic habit has been used to describe the habits of the speculative intellect, intellectus, sapientia and scientia (in Greek nous, sophia and episteme).

The habits of the practical intellect are ars and prudentia (in Greek, techne and phronesis).

In a more restricted way the adjective dianoetic is the opposite of noetic. In these contexts noetic refers to the human intellect's non-discursive, immediate grasping of elements of knowledge, as is for example the activity of the habit intellectus principiorum. Dianoetic, on the other hand, refers to the acquisition of elements of knowledge through the process of reasoning (ratiocinatio).

The Latin recta ratio factibilium refers to the Greek poiesis from poiein  (facere, to make).

The Latin recta ratio agibilium refers to the Greek praxis from prattein (agere, to do).

The Greek doxa is simply opinion in the order of knowledge.