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Intelligibility relates to the objects or concepts that have intelligibility that may be called intelligible. That which is intelligible is the degree to which something is intelligible. It also means the quality of recorded speech of every word being understandable. In phonetics, Intelligibility is a measure of how comprehensible speech is, or the degree to which speech can be understood. Intelligibility (philosophy) is what can be comprehended by the human mind in contrast to sense perception.

A 12th-century painting by Song Dynasty artist Wang Ximeng. Principles of Vision insists on the artist assuring himself that he distinctly sees what he attempts to represent. What he sees, and how he represents it, depend on other principles...- George Henry Lewes.
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A - F

I find the selectivity of erotic love - the choice of this man or this woman - much more intelligible if liking the person is the origin of sexual interest, rather than the other way. - Mortimer Adler.
  • If 'bounded by a surface' is the definition of body there cannot be an infinite body either intelligible or sensible. Nor can number taken in abstraction be infinite for number or that which has number in numerable. If then the numerable can be numbered, it would also be possible to go through the infinite.
Space is not an empty homogeneous medium, but full of intricate differences, intelligible and real, though not with our common reality. - John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir.
The paradoxes of wave and particle, it must make the world inside the atom and the wide spaces of the universe equally intelligible... - John Desmond Bernal.
  • Surely this voice meant our Teacher; for it is he that can collect the indications which lie scattered on all sides. A singular light kindles in his looks, when at length the high Rune lies before us, and he watches in our eyes whether the star has yet risen upon us, which is to make the Figure visible and intelligible.
  • [As a corollary of the new Atomic doctrine] ...the creation of a system of symbolic notation, which not only made the nature of chemical compounds and processes easily intelligible and easy of recollection, but, by its very form, suggested new lines of inquiry.
  • These are no doubt more methodical and complete, but are intelligible only after a little preliminary experience. The entire aim of these notes is to help the beginner acquire this preliminary experience a little faster.
... indispensable means to such a Doctrine: a manifestation, the sole aim of which is, with the Knowledge thus acquired, — by which knowledge alone a Will, clear and intelligible to itself and reposing upon itself without wavering or perplexity, is possible, — to return wholly into Actual Life; — not into the Life of blind and irrational Instinct which we have laid bare in all its nothingness, but into the Divine Life which shall become visible to us. - Johann Gottlieb Fichte.

G - L

Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end. - Milan Kundera.
If the potential of every number is in the monad, then the monad would be intelligible number in the strict sense, since it is not yet manifesting anything actual, but everything conceptually together in it. - Iamblichus.

M - R

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and Meaningful - Dieter Rams
  • This is the common algebraical method, which is concise, simple, and perspicuous; and is sufficient for all useful purposes in practical mathematics. The method is clear and intelligible to all persons who know the first principles of algebra. The rudiments of algebra ought to be taught before geometry, because algebra may be applied to geometry in certain cases, and facilitates the study of it
  • The special reason has to do with the fact that in every civilization, however generally prosaic, however addicted to the short-time point there are certain alien spirits who, while outwardly conforming to the requirements of the civilization around them, still keep a disinterested regard for the plain intelligible law of things, irrespective of any practical end. They have an intellectual curiosity, sometimes touched with emotion.
It is said that the beauty and good of the soul consists in her similitude to the deity...Indeed, whatever is desirable is a kind of good, since to this desire tends. But they alone pursue true good, who rise to intelligible beauty, and so far only tend to good itself; as far as they lay aside the deformed vestments. - Plotinus.

S - Z

  • I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of [hard-core pornography] material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.
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