Intuition in the West traces the influence of the intuitive mind on Western culture. Just as it is possible to trace the influence of logic or mathematics, so too is it possible to trace the influence of the intuitive mind on Western culture.
Most accounts of intuitive thinking are written by logicians, who do not understand its nature or method, and often feel the need to denigrate or dismiss it. The treatment of intuition in Western culture has a peculiar history. Intuition in the West will allow the intuitive mind to speak in its own voice and on its own terms.
Intuitive thinking is highly personal. It has always been the hallmark of the individual and the non-conformist to think intuitively, from the Heretics of antiquity, to the Humanists of the Renaissance, to the visionaries of the Romantic era, to the inventors of the Industrial Revolution, to the counterculture of the Modern era. It will be shown that intuitive culture has never had a home of its own, and so it has had to adapt to whatever conditions it found itself in.
We pay little attention to our intuition, either to its understanding or its application. We assume it is like an instinct, something we are born with, and we can do nothing about it. But just as we can improve our natural mathematical or musical ability with practice, so too can we improve our intuitive ability with practice and some understanding of its method.
We now live in an era of ongoing change, when there is no single governing body to decide on matters of belief, morality or truth. For that reason we must rely on our own judgement now more than ever before, and individual judgement is intuitive. The modern era is calling out for a renewal of interest in intuitive thinking. Intuition in the West will provide the foundation for that renewal.