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Insight-cultivating Reflection

Insight cultivators are ideas or thematic insights gleaned from philosophic and other sources of the human sciences. They aid in the reflective interpretive process.


Insight cultivators are often found in the reflective writings of philosophers and other scholars of the humanities and human sciences. They may give us the sense of “Oh, now ‘I see”” and help us:

  • – to interpret our lived experiences
  • – to recall experiences that seem to exemplify these insight cultivators
  • – to stimulate further creative insights and understandings with respect to the phenomenon under investigation