Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge


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This week we are covering part 1 of Chapter 3: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge (pages 59-75). Next week we will finish the chapter.

Chapter 3, part 1: Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge

In this chapter we move into modern defenders of poetic knowledge; these get more apologetic and specific than ancient and medieval sources because the poetic mode was supplanted with the scientific in the modern age. Taylor primarily focuses on the poetic mode as developed by Jacques Maritian and Josef Pieper.

Poetic Mode

There are three elements of poetic knowledge, each one growing and maturing into the next until poetic knowledge reaches its deepest point: connaturality.

  1. Intuitive: memory acting upon sensory images; a spontaneous awareness of being

  2. Intentional: prelogical knowledge; far from rational or analytic knowing; sympathetic inclination toward its object; love allows the object to be itself.

  3. Connatural: participation; sharing; ordered appetites and tastes; engagement with the truth; a disposition of the will to act in accordance with truth that is owned and internalized.

I also pulled out this quote:

Poetry discovers. Science proves.

Rabbit Trails and Conversations



Discussion Question

It is the habit of noticing what is happening here and now and reflecting with the natural powers upon that experience that cultivates the connatural degree of knowledge. (p. 65)

How do we learn this habit of noticing and how do we cultivate this habit in our children? How do we learn reflection and how do we teach reflectiveness to our children?