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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 -

are brought in to intensify or modify or disguise sentiments intrinsically at war with them. The exact shades of approval and condemnation, of contentment and restlessness, of belief and unbelief in them, are as endless as are the relations which men's actions bear to virtue.

Their authority, their retributive connection with pleasure and pain, the undercurrent of fear or hope, of repose or alarm, of conscious virtue or acknowledged guilt, which they cause to flow through the soul, obviously assign them the highest rank in the highest class of feelings. It is a convenient use of words, and one we have occasionally employed, to designate collectively the primary incentives of the spiritual nature as tastes, in contrast with appetites and passions.

Lesson 79 - 5. Classification of the feelings - p.352

5. In the following diagram, feelings are introduced which have not been discussed in the text, and farther divisions are made. The enlargements are self-explanatory.

We do not present this classification as exhaustive. It aims simply to define leading directions of the emotions and leading dependences. It serves, also, to show the complexity of the feelings, the way in which they blend with each other, modify and pass into each other, and the insufficient, shifting terminology applicable to them. Indeed the word sometimes only implies and does not express the feeling intended.

We might easily subdivide the ethical emotions, but no good purpose won d be subserved. They would still prove too subtile and pervasive for us. The one thing we emphasize is the degree in which the higher sink into the lower feelings, and transform them. Innumerable and most complex relations spring up between men by virtue of the moral constitution, and each relation has a new combination of spiritual sentiments. The great facts, too, of religion enter to impart a new elevation and range to these emotions.

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