Difference between Intellect and Reason

It may be useful at the outset to clarify our preference for the English word ‘intellect’ rather than ‘reason’ to translate ‘aql. What we wish to evoke here is the original meaning of intellectus in Latin Christendom, a meaning which is practically identical to that of nous in the Patristic Greek tradition: intellectus/nous is that which is capable of a direct contemplative vision of transcendent realities, whereas reason–the translation of the Latin ratio and the Greek dianoia–is of an indirect, discursive nature; it works with logic and arrives at mental concepts, only, of those realities. With the intellect, then, one is able to contemplate or ‘see’ the Absolute; with the reason, one can only think about it.

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  1. Just returned from watching a restored version of the silent film classic “Metropolis”, shown in a vintage movie theatre with a live orchestra playing the original score. The central theme of the movie might be applicable to your post: “The heart is the intermediary between the brain and the hands”. Words to live by…


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