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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 98 - 1. Divisions of volitions - p.400

1. WE have now reached that central point on which all volition rests, and every effect. In choice we find the home of liberty, the highest expression of power, the unconditioned support from which hangs all the chain of linked events.

Some divisions have been made in choice, which have value in practical morals, but little interest in philosophy. They mark the relation of choices to the action and character of the person whose they are, and not any inherent difference in the volitional acts themselves. Thus an ultimate choice is one which has reference to the most remote, or at least, the most general and inclusive ends of action. Thus a choice of virtue is of this nature, since it at once sets a limit and law to all other volitions, made secondary in their relation to this. A choice of pleasure to be pursued directly and everywhere is also of this character. Such choices have more frequently a theoretical than an actual existence. The pursuit of pleasure usually arises under detached, limited choices fastening to some object at no great remove in advance. The universality of such volition is of a quasi, not of a formal character. Even the choice of virtue is often made by a specific surrender to a given duty, rather than by a broad forecast of the entire field of effort is the settling the struggle of life under an example, instead of a principle.

Desultory volitions are also spoken of; that is, volitions which spring up one side of the leading line of action and

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