agnosis

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Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-, without”, “lacking) + γνῶσις (gnôsis, knowledge) ≅ ignorance

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agnosis (countable and uncountable, plural agnoses)

  1. Epistemologically necessary lack of, indifference to, denial or shunning of, or defective knowledge.
    • 1915: The American Journal of Surgery, volume 29, page 379{1} & {2} (Paul B. Hoeber)
      {1} And finally, we come to the agnosis, the most important of them all, []
      {2} I do not refer to the agnosis or the ignorance of cancer in general.
    • 1934: the New York Neurological Association, the Philadelphia Neurological Society, and the Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, volume 80, page 648
      For instance he cannot tell the time on the clock, since that depends on the relation of the direction of the hands to each other. This inability to differentiate the directions in relation to each other is a possible cause of optical agnosis. There is a direction element in the form of every object.
    • 1963: Samuel Brock and Howard P. Krieger, The Basis of Clinical Neurology: The Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System in Their Application to Clinical Neurology, fourth edition, page 308 (Williams & Wilkins)
      They point out that unilateral spatial agnosis is not the sole cause of the disability, and that some degree of bilateral cerebral involvement may be an []
    • 2005: Paul J. Griffiths and Reinhard Hütter, Reason and the Reasons of Faith, page 331 (Continuum International Publishing Group; ISBN 0567028305, 9780567028303)
      The situation of the person who denies that metaphysical objectivity that is essential to the very idea of truth is not only one of self-contradiction, but of permanent agnosis.

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