Intuitionism and its Implications for the Theory of Communication

Wolfgang Baumgartner (2008). Intuitionism and its Implications for the Theory of Communication PhD Thesis, School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland.

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Author Wolfgang Baumgartner
Thesis Title Intuitionism and its Implications for the Theory of Communication
School, Centre or Institute School of Journalism and Communication
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2008-04
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Louw, Paul E.
Rooney, David
Subjects 400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies
Formatted abstract
This thesis is written in the spirit of traditional continental European Hermeneutics, Lebensphilosophie (Philosophy of Life) and Phenomenology – Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Dilthey Ludwig Klages, Henry Bergson, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger; – and this work clearly opposes what the post-modern discourse chooses to call “quantitative” or “qualitative” methods.
In other words: this work written by an author of German mother-tongue and Russian background is concerned with authentic Intuitionism rather than with anglo-ised pseudo-Intuitionism.
The Intuitionist is aware that intuition is capable of finding what logos can never ever find or “construct” or “de-construct”: absolute truths and values beyond time and any kind of “paradigms” and “circumstances” on which a life of firmness, honour and dignity can be based upon.
However, with only a few exceptions all kinds of intellectuals (philosophers, psychologists, sociologists …) deny the essential and fundamental importance of intuition and base their fallacies on one or the other kind of inherently impotent (deductive, inductive or dialectical) Rationalism; – with only a few exceptions all kinds of academic and non-academic intellectuals attempt to diffuse all sorts of Relativism and to marginalise any kind of authentic Intuitionism.
Chapter I of this thesis (Intuitio – the Way to Knowledge) describes the epistemic and philosophic fundaments of Intuitionism and of an intuitionistic theory of communication; – it says what authentic Intuitionism is and it describes the fundamental differences between authentic Intuitionism and all kinds of anglo-ised pseudo-Intuitionisms and Rationalisms.
Different from all kinds of pseudo-Intuitionism authentic, absolutistic and existential Intuitionism has nothing to do with “Rationalism in disguise” and with the angloised Intuitionism-discourse around Pritchard, Moore and Ross: rather than that, Intuitionism is absolutistic, truly extra-rational and based on the knowledge that non-and extra-rational intuition (– as a form of non- and extra-rational direct knowing –) can find what never can be found through any kind of reasoning: essential and absolute truths and values independent of space, reason, time and all other “paradigms” and “circumstances”.
Chapter II (Intuitionism, Language and Communication) is dedicated to language representing the basis of verbal communication. This chapter shows why language guardianship consisting in respecting and protecting the fundamental, tradition-based and invariable linguistic principles and structures inherent in a language is of vital importance for any kind of verbal communication; – it opposes linguistic relativism and explains why language is a medium of expressing absolute and essential truths and values rather than a “prison” pre-determining relativistic “constructions”; – and, last but not least, it explains why the intuitionistic individual is essentially different from the rationalist in terms of his way of communicating and using language.
Chapter III (Intuitionistic Methodology) is dedicated to methodological issues relevant for an intuitionistic theory of communication. This chapter stresses that modern or post-modern rationalistic (– and, thus, inherently relativistic –) pseudo-Phenomenology or pseudo-Hermeneutics are just forms of Rationalism and Relativism in disguise: only if not transmuted into post-modern, qualitative and angloised pseudo-Hermeneutics and pseudo-Phenomenology authentic Hermeneutics and intuitionistic Phenomenology are apt to represent valuable intuitionistic methods.
This work shows that authentic Intuitionism is neither an “academic construction” nor a “paradigm” nor a “theory”, and it shows that Intuitionism is neither “pre-modern” nor “modern” nor “post-modern”: much rather than that Intuitionism is a temporal.
The major part of this work is written in a relatively abstract and essayistic prose; – but whenever it employs philosophic terminology it provides these terms with creative and intuitionistic meanings.
Quoting and referencing other books is necessarily scarce in this work: “Intuitionism – and its Implications for the Theory of Communication” is an authentic, creative and unique piece of writing, and it is anything but a repetition and a “copy” of books that have already been written by other authors.
This thesis focuses on how the intuitionist’s political and individual communication based on the expression of “paradigm”-independent and absolute truths and values differs from all kinds of lobbyistic, relativistic and “paradigm”-dependent pseudo-communication; – and it shows how the intuitionistic individual’s non-identical, engaged and essential way of using language differs from all rationalistic and inherently relativistic forms of “identical” and “pseudo-essential” disengagement-language and discourses.
This work directs itself to the academic as well as to the non-academic dissident; – and it represents one of the very rare essayistic descriptions of authentic Intuitionism and of intuitionistic language and communication.

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