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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 -


BOOK I. - THE INTELLECT.

CHAPTER I. THE FIELD OF MENTAL SCIENCE AND ITS DIVISIONS.

Lesson 7 - 1. Field of Philosophy, Consciousness - p.19

1. THERE is no branch of knowledge more distinctly defined in its limits than mental science. It lies in a unique realm, cut off from every other that of consciousness. All the phenomena of this field in 'their separation, classification, mutual interaction and dependencies are the subjects of this science, and its only subjects. There is thus little opportunity to confound the inquiries belonging to philosophy with those of any other department. Logic and Ethics most nearly approach it; but the one considers abstractly the products and processes of thought, and not the thinking powers; and the other, the moral constitution of the mind, and is so far a branch of philosophy, adding thereto, however, an evolution of practical precepts from moral principles.

Anatomy and physiology, on the side of the natural sciences, are most closely allied to philosophy, yet, after all, deal only with the physical conditions and instruments of mental action, and, without the key and interpretation of

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