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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 -


experienced constantly in manners and social customs, and, if the taste is keen and just, in the more deep, personal, spiritual traits of action. Indeed, nobility, magnanimity, tin- symmetry and proportion of robust, thorough, healthy virtue, can hardly be reached without a large infusion of this esthetic insight, which discerns, delicately and completely, the formal as well as the intrinsic bearings of conduct. The dependent, complementary relation of the esthetic to the ethic sense cannot be doubtful. Some may strive to make the first a detached law of action, but it only performs safely and to the full its office, as it accepts the higher law, and aids in its complete application. Perfect beauty in man, its highest subject, is the strong and varied and delicate development of moral power the infusion of all the members and means of life with this inner, time life of the soul the flowing outward in limb, lineament, and language of those manifold forces and susceptibilities that spring from wholesome, healthy, physical forces, in the handling of a supreme, spiritual power. Taste rightly developed can no more fail to distinguish morality from immorality, to work under the one and against the other, than it can fail to discriminate between life and death, health and disease, exalt the first, and hide the second in its deformity. Beauty stands in the same relation to action as right; like it, it enjoins and forbids, rewards and punishes. It blows a more silvery trumpet, its notes are less clear, penetrating and decisive than those which break sternly forth from the lips of ethical law, yet they wind their way into many remote places, and persuasively bend into cheerful and perfect order the otherwise unpliant recruits of virtue.

Lesson 77 - 3. Moral sentiments Effect on other emotions - p.346

3. We have now reached the feelings which are most central and characteristic in the class to which they belong, the moral sentiments. The emotions just spoken of would

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