Implicit Knowledge

  • Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
    Axiomatic concepts identify explicitly what is merely implicit in the consciousness of an infant or of an animal. (Implicit knowledge is passively held material which, to be grasped, requires a special focus and process of consciousness — a process which an infant learns to perform eventually, but which an animal’s consciousness is unable to perform.)
  • Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology
    Man grasps [the concept of “existent”] implicitly on the perceptual level — i.e., he grasps the constituents of the concept “existent,” the data which are later to be integrated by that concept. It is this implicit knowledge that permits his consciousness to develop further.
  • For the New Intellectual
    That which is merely implicit is not in men’s conscious control; they can lose it by means of other implications, without knowing what it is that they are losing or when or why.