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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 -

through a portion of their extent, are so through their whole extent. Its analyses are inadequate, and it rejects without reason the ideas for which it can find no place in its system. That is to say, it makes its method the test of the facts, and not the facts the test of its method. There are two forms or tendencies in materialism; the one is found in the identification of the phenomena of matter and mind, and the other in the identification of the laws of matter and mind. The last is the method of Mill and Spencer, and is not less destructive of the facts than the first.

Lesson 114 - 3. Hamilton Direct perception - p.445

3. The next system of which we shall speak, is a mixed one, that presented by Hamilton. Its most striking feature is, that it makes matter itself the direct object of perception, and thus, losing one occasion for intuitive ideas, accepts a part of them, perverts a part, and neglects a part. Among those resolved into powerlessness, are causation, liberty and the infinite. We need only to speak of its central characteristic, the direct perception of matter. Against this there holds, we believe, the very generally accepted axiom that nothing can act save where it is. The introduction of the adverb where, shows this statement to be limited to physical forces, since these alone appear in space, alone have locality. Physical forces must be where they are exercised. This will hardly be denied by any one. For a force to show itself as a force where it is not, would be for it to be and not to be at the same point at the same time. Mind, thought, have no reference to space, and hence it conveys no very intelligible idea to say, that the mind must be, a thought must be where it acts. Their objects of consideration may come from any quarter, and any distance; conclusions may strike out into the most remote regions, and such words as come and go, near and distant, have only a figurative signification. Now perception, till the brain is passed, is a thing of physical forces, and each organ and


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