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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 -


have furnished the general type of its action. Nothing however seems unapproachable to the imagination which is capable of . phenomenal existence, that is, of appearing and hence re-appearing in consciousness. Thought, let it be observed, enters the imagination as it enters consciousness, merely as a phenomenon. The moment we begin to think, that is to judge, we renew thought as a fact, and do not restore it as an image.

Imagination is simply a general, representative power, and can not therefore work alone without working at random. The powers which direct it, which employ it in their service, are memory, appetite, desire, the aesthetic and the moral taste.

By its aid we restore vividly, that is under a living form, the past; we intensify the present, filling it with the imagery of pleasure; we reach toward the possible, the future, in a higher conception of achievement and character. Imagination is so blended with memory in a portion of its action, that we should hardly separate the two, were it not for other fields independent of recollection on which it enters. It, like memory, is instrumental, and waits the use and guidance of other faculties.

Lesson 34 - 6. Theories of imagination Bain Hamilton - p.143

6. A theory of the imagination accepted by philosophers so diverse as Hamilton and Bain, is expressed by the latter in these words:

"The renewed feeling occupies the very same parts, and in the same manner as the original feeling, and no other parts, nor in any other manner that can be assigned." (The Senses and Intellect, page 344.) " The imagination of visible objects is a process of seeing. The musician's imagination is hearing, the phantasies of the cook and gourmand tickle the palate." (Page 352.)

The statement of Hamilton is not so unqualified, and to that degree less objectionable. Both of them, however, go

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