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Science of Mind

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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -


Lesson 1 - 1. Value of Philosophy - p.1

1. THOUGH a knowledge of the value of a subject is not necessary to its successful pursuit, yet it imparts to our inquiries peculiar zest. We shall never fully understand the advantages connected with any science, till we have mastered it; and it is thus natural that each should praise his own favorite pursuit, experiencing daily the enjoyment and power it confers. Nor is this commendation usually, in itself considered, excessive; it is chiefly at fault, as it disparages other investigations, in themselves possessed of rival claims. As the fashion of thought in our time is to underrate philosophy, a brief space bestowed to urging its importance will not be misemployed.

We shall not enlarge on the pre-eminent mental discipline it gives, the acuteness of analysis, the steadiness of attention, the breadth of principles. All study imparts more or less of this training, and some are willing to believe that metaphysics bestows an unprofitable subtility of intellect, a gymnastic dexterity of thought, more fit for show than service, more likely to mislead than guide their possessors. There are certain peculiar and pre-eminent considerations on which we would chiefly rest our estimate of philosophy.

The facts which it furnishes are most intimate to our own actions, to the mastery and ordering of our own thoughts, and to the influence we are to exert over others.

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