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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 no detached existence in experience. Classification involves an extended consideration of relations that abide only before the inner eye of the mind; and thus the entire web of knowledge is spun out of a material wholly impalpable to the finest senses. Analysis yields a tenuous thread of thought, and synthesis weaves it into the invisible connections of knowledge. The material of the senses remains after observation and inquiry precisely what it was before, but perfectly new relations have been disclosed between its parts. Supersensual forces and dependencies have been put back of the visible facts, and so they are understood. The judgment, then, can do nothing with mere phenomena. These are declared by the senses. It is not till a new approach is opened up in a process of abstraction, that the relations of things are separately discussed, and the judgment combines them in an independent way for its own ends. A getting out of and beyond the senses into relations abstractly considered, is the first condition of the exercise of the judgment. But this condition involves two others, the presence to the mind through the senses of concrete material, and the power to analyze this material by the intuitive discernment of its dependencies,, its primary intellectual elements. Reasoning, a series of interlocked judgments, arises from the same clear and exclusive in sight into relations, and the same ability to deal with them, both independently of concrete things, and as associated with them.

Lesson 38 - 10. Nature of judgments - p.156

10. The mind of man uses the contents of the senses simply as the raw material of knowledge. It constructs for itself many systems of arrangement, and by analysis and synthesis works up these subjects of inquiry under them. Though the world is already an orderly and beautiful thing as offered to the senses, it is none the less treated by the mind as material roughly gathered into a museum, there to

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