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Self Affirmation as the Knower To make a judgment is to have a sort of understanding it is possibly not always the correct judgment The fact that one is prepared to judge makes one best prepare to judge the self which is a concrete and intelligible unity-identity-whole When the self both affirms and is affirmed and is characterized by sensing perceiving imaging inquiring understanding formulating reflecting grasping the unconditioned and affirming is self affirming and the affirmation is a judgment of fact and the fact is I exist and I exist as a knower One really does not know but the fact that one performed the listed acts is the judgment of knowing p343 As Lonergan points out all judgment falls upon one being able to understand the unconditioned The unconditioned being a combination of 1 a conditioned 2 A link between the conditioned and its conditions and 3 The fulfillment of the condition By making the statement that I am the knower is the condition and link to knowing that since I am a concrete and intelligible characterized by acts of sensing perceiving imaging etc and understanding the conditioned and judging then the completion of the conditions is given in consciousness The conditioned is the expression of what is to be affirmed The link itself is the meaning of the statement and the conditions that it records have become common in the cause of investigation Now with the help of Lonergan I will I will differentiate what is meant and not meant by the fulfillment of conditions p344 The Notion of Consciousness By knowing something is to be faced with an object It is a mystery of one thing to another Consciousness is giving thought contemplating considering whatever words you use to describe this but consciousness is knowing which makes it a sort of inward looking By looking inward affirms the act of self-affirmation By affirming the self you are
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