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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 -

as when the discussion pertains to the nature of heat or light. Reid dogmatically asserted as a tenet of common sense what philosophy ever since has been defending, limiting, settling on rational grounds.

Much work, indeed, remains to be done. The grounds of reasoning are to be more definitely fixed in this higher department; the logic of philosophy to be unfolded, restraining erratic, fanciful movement, bending effort to fruitful results, and urging discussion to a speedy issue.

If the inductive sciences owe so much to a new organum, a new form of logic, and that, too, to one lacking the strict proof of previous, deductive branches of inquiry, is it not rational to expect that further modifications of method, a new estimate of the nature and qualities of the proof applicable to the unique and remote questions of metaphysics will be equally productive, will yield fresh fruits to wiser investigation.

Lesson 6 - 6. Postulates of Philosophy - p.13

6. Before proceeding to the facts of philosophy, I wish to lay down a few of its postulates most frequently violated. First, all phenomena of mind, as facts of some order, demand sufficient causes for their existence. These phenomena are by no means of equal significance in what they indicate, are not all normal, but they are all facts, and may not any of them be overlooked by any sound philosophy. We may not select a portion, and reject a portion as the result of some vague and vaporing process which we have chosen to decry. We have disposed of no facts by calling them metaphysical or theological or any other name expressive of disapprobation. The entire facts of mind must be stated, accepted, and harmoniously covered by the theories of mind. The same test applies here as in physics, the ability of the explanation offered to expound all the phenomena that come under its consideration.

A second postulate is, that there are different kinds of


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