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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 -



Lesson 19 - 1. Divisions - p.79

1. THE first great class of mental faculties are those of the intellect. When we speak of faculties, we mean the different ways in which the one individual mind acts, rather than a combination of distinct powers under the analogy of our physical organs. The forms of knowing are treated first, not because they necessarily arise first feeling doubtless precedes them, and chiefly occupies consciousness in the first months of life but because, in the activity of mind, they prepare the way for emotion and choice, and chiefly determine their form. The knowing are the receptive processes, and give material to the feelings and alternatives to choice.

The intellectual powers have, been divided into three principal classes; the sense, the understanding, and the reason. The first furnishes the direct facts, the forms of existence which the mind contemplates, whether of the outer or inner world. The second carries on and sustains the processes of reflection concerning these, elaborating them into knowledge. The third furnishes those necessary ideas under which only the movements of a rational mind can go on. "We shall not pause to speak of these divisions, as all that we have to say under each of them is requisite for their perfect comprehension. We proceed to treat of the first of these classes, that of sense.

This term is somewhat awkward, but as it has already been used in this connection, we avoid, by its retention, one

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