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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 -

BOOK II. The Feelings.

Lesson 66 - 1. Distinction between feelings and thoughts - p.306

1. "We have now reached the second class of mental phenomena, that of the feelings. These have received less attention than the intellectual faculties. They are far more numerous and complicated, and have been more recently regarded as a distinct division. The three classes, recognized by Kant, have since his day been generally accepted. Knowing, feeling, and willing, are each forms of action so simple, that it is easier to perceive, than to state their differences. Indeed, expository definition of each is impossible in other than synonymous terms. Each is known and only fully known by experience. There are, however, certain diverse relations of these several acts, or states of mind that may be pointed out.

Though the feelings were late in receiving attention as a distinct portion of our mental endowments, popular language has so far severed them from our thoughts, as to refer them to a separate part of our nature. It is a method of expression still somewhat unusual to common speech, to talk of the emotions of the mind; we more frequently hear the words, the sentiments, the emotions, the feelings of the heart.

A first distinction to be marked between knowing and feeling is that one proceeds tinder a double, the other under a single form. The thought and the object of the thought lie in the mind, distinguishable parts of one process; while the feeling is a simple mental state. This has been expressed by saying, that the processes of thought are more objective, those of feeling more subjective. This language,

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