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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 -


abstract form. This process is possible only to sensations, and even then involves more than sensation not to relations; since a relation is addressed to the intellect, and not to the sense, and can only be understood in connection with an idea under which it arises and is defined as a relation of place, time, dependence. On no supposition is the closing statement of Spencer admissible. "So far is it from being true that Time, as conceived by us, is a form of thought, it turns out contrariwise, not only that there can be thoughts while yet time has not been conceived, but that there must be thoughts before it can become conceivable."

As a sensation, time must be experienced in each sensation from which it is to be abstracted; as a relation also it must be discoverable in each series or it can not be generalized from all; and as an idea disclosing a relation it must come at once. Time must be a sensation, or it must be a specific relation under some general idea, or it must itself be a primary idea, the condition of actual, individual connections. The first supposition is plainly false, while the second is as unacceptable to the empirical school as the third, since it also implies original, intuitive action of the mind. Yet I see no escape except in the assertion that a relation of no specific order or kind can be discovered, and this is not an escape, since such a relation could not be generalized into one of a specific order or kind, to wit, that of time.

Lesson 50 - 8. Cause and effect - p.209

8. The seventh regulative idea is that of cause and effect. This is one of the most undeniable of them all, and is either greatly restricted in its statement, or entirely rejected by those who refuse to accept the reason as a source of knowledge. Indeed an adequate presentation of the notion as it lies in the general mind, shows it at once to be beyond sensation, generalization, or any action that these

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