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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 -


by an arbitrary supposition of an equality of units never found in experience. One pound is regarded as absolutely equivalent to every other pound of the same denomination; one foot, one mile, to the like measurements elsewhere. To fix on standard units, in which the approximation to equality is sufficiently close to enable us safely to neglect errors, is a large share of the difficulty in mixed mathematics, and only when we deal with pure conceptions, as with that of space in geometry, do our numerical processes show their full power, stretching an unimpeded wing in realms as airy as themselves. Existence and number are among the most general of our notions, finding inherent, and, to a rational mind, necessary, application everywhere.

We regard the idea of number as one brought by the mind to things, (1) because the thing considered remaining the same, numbers may be applied to it in many different ways; (2) because distinctions in the senses which are naturally an occasion for the notion of number do not necessarily call it out; (3) because it is applied to things not objects of sensation; (4) because it assumes an absolute equality of units; (5) and because abstract numerical processes wholly transcend experience.

Lesson 46 - 4. Resemblance - p.185

4. The next regulative idea we offer is that of resemblance. This idea, though recognized by Plato, has been very frequently overlooked, and with great injury to the arguments sustaining the Intuitive Philosophy. It has been quietly assumed that resemblance is a matter of sensation only, that in it exclusively are given the data of this category, that one color is seen to be like or unlike another; one taste tasted as like or unlike a succeeding one. We might as well claim the judgment in which this relation is expressed to be an act of sense. Green, red, sweet, sour, are known as qualities by sensation, and here the sense pauses. The eye sees a green color once, twice, thrice,

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