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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 -


necessarily involves an alternative, a law from without, from above, to be obeyed or disobeyed. This law is given in the intuition of right. To this intuition the mind adds that of beauty, lying in somewhat the same direction, and expressing a certain supreme recognition of, and pleasure in, the thing that is aptly done.

Beauty embraces two terms, form and spirit, and is found in the perfect union of the two. It thus arises at the junction of physical and intellectual facts in perfect expression. From the flow of either series of events there comes the suggestion of the infinite, as the all-encompassing thought. As causation changes not, neither waxes nor wanes, while liberty alone can make a beginning and shape events to a purpose, the idea of the infinite united with that of personality gives to us the Infinite, the completely comprehensive Being, from whom all things flow and to whom they return. Efficient causation backward brings events to rest in God; final causation forward does the same thing, and so the force and thought of God interlace all things.

Lesson 60 - 18. Have all been given? - p.265

18. We have no such complete oversight of the conditions of human knowledge as to be able to say, that the formative ideas now offered exhaust all its relations. We can only say, that no others seem to be needed, save these and those involved in them; and that the general correspondence of these twelve ideas with the directions of human thought is very plain. A complete system of categories outlines all forms of human knowledge, and gives the subphenomenal links of thought which bind these forms together.

In testing the sufficiency of such a system, we must remember that these ideas, in their application, give rise to many subordinate ones; as time includes past, present and future; and space, here, there; above, below, in short all

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