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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 -


It is indeed possible, that there should be healthy and successful intellectual action, a wise play of the emotions and of the moral nature, without understanding them. So may there be physical health without hygiene; yet who will deny an influence of the knowledge of the laws of life in the government of life? To pick up a few facts so personal, so of our very selves, as those which pertain to mind, cannot but be of the highest moment in ordering our action. Indeed, every man who has any claims to general knowledge is a philosopher, however much he may deny it, and however false and limited his conclusions may be. It is not a question whether there shall be philosophy among men; this there must be, if men are to think and act at all; but whether this philosophy shall be a true or false one. Yet we do not wish to dwell on the value even of the facts which mental science gives, their direct practical worth in affording rules for intellectual training, and for influence over others; but rather to point out certain broader relations of philosophy, which make its acquisition yet more imperative.

Lesson 2 - 2. Determines the rank of Man - p.2

2. In the first place, no true notion of the dignity of man will be attained without it. If we consider man exclusively in his external relations, in his physical organization, and the ministration of nature to him, though we shall certainly assign him, if we reflect wisely, a pre-eminent position, we shall by no means measure his true worth. The forces and lives of the world grade up to him, and grade down from him; and while he is the highest and latest of living things, he is nevertheless of them, ruling by a superiority, not by a complete separation, of nature. The body of man is very perfect; but those other organisms are also in kind marvellous. The brain of man is very large; but those other brains are large also, and apparently thoughtful. Having travelled in classification all the way up from infusoria,

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