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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 -


CHAPTER IV. - THE REASON.

Lesson 43 - 1. Disagreement as to existence of this faculty - p.176

1. WE have now reached an action of mind, a faculty, whose existence is strenuously denied. Most able and thorough thinkers, patient inquirers within the field of philosophy itself, with a host of scientific investigators who bring with them predilections and reasonings suited to other departments, regard this furniture of intuitive ideas as wholly fabulous, as an unnecessary assumption in the explanation of phenomena entirely intelligible without it. Yet there is in philosophy no point of more importance, of more wide-reaching influence than this; and that, too, not merely in the department itself, but in its social and moral and religious bearings. It is vain to strive to disconnect social and religious issues from mental science. The institutions of society and the commands of God have man for their subject, and neither their defects nor their excellences can be understood without a knowledge of his nature. Indeed, the very character of those notions on which duty turns of right and of liberty are here brought under discussion; and also the validity of those conceptions and that reasoning on which the existence and government of God repose in our thoughts. The past attachments of our nature, its present powers and future hopes, are all involved in these investigations of philosophy, and more especially in that branch of them which settles the original endowments of mind, and the degree of its dependence on the external world. Indeed what is meant by the external and

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