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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 -


conclusion is to land, must be given, in the only possible knowledge of its nature, by consciousness. The analysis of mental phenomena shows that firmness is the complex result of various, and of different, mental states, and no locating of a supposed faculty so called in one or another portion of the head can alter, or throw light on, these facts. The singleness of the name and locality imparts no new singleness to the mind's action, marks no division of its faculties. The invisible cannot be seen through the visible. Each must be determined independently, and the connections between the two established by experience. It would be as rational to suppose that the letters contained in the word will should of themselves convey to every mind the notion of that power, as to suppose that a prominent eye should reveal the existence of a faculty called language. Regarding consciousness, then, as the only field of the science, whether reached inferentially, or directly under the interpretation of the light it itself furnishes, we pass to the general divisions of mental phenomena.

Lesson 10 - Consciousness - 4. Division of faculties - p.30

4. The leading divisions of the faculties of the mind, so generally accepted since the time of Kant as scarcely to demand further explanation or defence, are those of knowing, feeling, willing; the intellect, the sensibility, and the will. The desires are by Kant and Hamilton included with the will. They belong rather with the feelings. Desire is employed to designate a state of feeling toward a certain object or objects. We find things differently related to our happiness; we cease, therefore, to be indifferent to them; one object or line of action gets a hold upon us; we are drawn toward it, and this emotional state we call a desire. Language sustains this decision. Desires are constantly spoken of as feelings, never as thoughts or volitions; the words in the first case are used interchangeably, not so in the second. We apply the same adjectives

 

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