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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 -


Lesson 72 - 1. Divisions Desires Not primitive Division of - p.322

1. THE intellectual are distinguished from the physical feelings by the fact of their dependence on objects and relations presented to the mind, and thus, in a secondary way, influencing the emotions. The sharp thrust of a weapon brings instantaneous pain; the abuse of an enemy arouses anger only as it is understood and mentally contemplated. These feelings may also be divided, as regards emotional character, into pleasurable, indifferent and painful; and as regards their relation to action, into stimulative, indicative and repressive. These two divisions and this is especially true of the second do not so much express intrinsic characteristics as passing relations. Essentially the same feeling which in one relation or in one degree is pleasant, may in another relation or in another degree become painful. So also the same feeling, as fear, may at one time quicken and at another restrain action.

The intellectual feelings are divisible into primary and secondary feelings. The secondary feelings arise from the relations which things assume in consequence of the primary feelings; while the primary feelings rest, at one less remove, on constitutional endowments. The primary feelings are of two orders, according as the relations which call them out are simply intellectual, or are also those of interest. The root of the first order is in the passing phases of the intellect, of the second order is in the intellect only as it ministers to deeper constitutional impulses. The feelings of the first order are those called out in connection with habit, by

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