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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 -


possible, and the one stolen for this purpose, is that of resemblance.

Resemblance is an intuitive idea, (1) because the likeness in two things compared is not in the first, nor yet in the second, as objects of sensation; (2) because the direction of the comparison must be indicated before the comparison is made; and (3) because each case of resemblance, though holding between specific qualities, is yet only a particular application of a general idea. The general here expounds the particular, and not the particular the general, as in generalization under the senses.

Lesson 47 - 5. Space - p.188

5. A fourth intuitive idea is that of space. This has drawn much attention and been one of the centres of discussion between the different schools of philosophy. Space, as immaterial and exterior to the objects of perception, can not be directly referred to the senses, or lost sight of in that which is furnished by them. It is not, like existence > the very thing itself as it were, or like number, the inseparable form of it, but stands an antecedent and independent condition of the objects it contains. The derivation of this idea has therefore been assiduously labored over by philosophers who accept no intuitive faculties beyond those of perception. Herbert Spencer has given this subject a statement considered highly satisfactory and conclusive by those who share his general view. We will take from his Principles of Psychology sufficient matter fairly to present his conclusions. Those who wish the entire argument by which they are supported we refer to the above work. It is impossible for us to do more than present its initial features.

"Imagine that an immense number of fingers could be packed side by side, so that their ends made a flat surface; and that each of them had a separate nervous connection with the same sensorium. If anything were laid upon the

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