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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 -


the knowing faculties; that uses philosophy to explode philosophy, and on the ground thus cleared builds up a cobble-house of facts, every one of whose connections must yet be as purely intellectual as those of mental science itself. This is as if the eye, failing to look backward as well as forward, inward as well as outward, should deny the existence of anything in that direction, and affirm the objects before itself to be ultimate, the only resolution of facts into ideas. To save us from such pitiful philosophizing, we need philosophy.

We are, then, in a peculiar want of this branch of knowledge, since it is a hemisphere of itself, holding in equipoise the world of truth; since in it are found new regulative ideas, new laws, new lines of order, and also the tests of the validity of knowledge, and the rational grounds on which the limits of inquiry are established. Patches of truth may be given here and there by science, but landmarks, a synthetic rendering of the whole, can only be secured by the aid of philosophy.

Lesson 4 - 4. Its connection with moral and religious truth - p.6

4. A last reason we shall urge for these lines of investigation is, that intelligent moral action and religious faith must rest upon them. Fortunately, considering the premises from which they start, men are so illogical, that they find no difficulty in believing much which in consistency they ought not to believe, no difficulty in doing that for which their own philosophy can render them no adequate reasons. But in spite of the fact that there is often an interior coherence in action, in the unconscious workings of our constitution, which does not appear in our reasonings, a false, deficient philosophy will, from time to time, come to the surface in unbelief, irreligion, immorality; the ground will soften under long trodden paths of faith; and many blind pilgrims, plunged into an unexpected quagmire, will fail to reach the farther shore. All the ideas on

 

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