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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 -

other words, there is called out, in the intellectual handling of the facts of the world revealed in perception arid consciousness, a new power of mind, which we term the reason, furnishing rational ideas arid grounds of procedure, and enabling the judgment to operate on the otherwise stubborn, irreducible sensations present. The existence and office of a portion of these ideas all philosophers admit; they are at variance only as to their source and nature a variance which leads to the denial of the remaining and most essential ones. The notions of space and of time, traced to an empirical source, prepare the way for a denial of right and liberty in their transcendent character.

The term, innate, was an early and unfortunate one, as it seems to imply an inborn product rather than a primitive power. The word, regulative, as also the word, categorical, find application to these ideas as bringing with them into knowledge fundamental lines of order. The adjective, intuitive, indicates the directness with which they arise, like an object of sense; while they are termed a priori as logically preceding the experience they expound. An occasion being given, each idea arises at once as the condition of its apprehension. These ideas are either denied by the empiricist, as that of liberty; or differently referred, as that of space; or modified, as that of right.

We shall now proceed to take up these ideas one by one, both to establish the whole class and each member of it singly. In doing this, we shall not hesitate to repeat the argument in each case, so far as it presents any new features. The general doctrine of intuitive ideas is maintained if any one of them holds its ground, though for its successful and thorough application, the exact number and nature of these notions must be known.

Lesson 44 - 2. Existence Bain - p.179

2. The first of them is that of existence. This has drawn forth less discussion than some others, and does not

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