Essays on the intellectual powers of man (Google eBook)

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Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1855 - Intellect - 492 pages
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Page 135 - The table which we see, seems to diminish, as we remove farther from it : But the real table, which exists independent of us, suffers no alteration : It was therefore nothing but its image which was present to the mind. These are the obvious dictates of reason...
Page 223 - A case of this kind occurred in a Catholic town in Germany, a year or two before my arrival at Gottingen, and had not then ceased to be a frequent subject of conversation. A young woman of four or five and twenty, who could neither read nor write, was seized •with a nervous fever ; during which, according to the asseverations of all the priests and monks of the neighborhood, she became possessed, and, as it appeared, by a very learned devil.
Page 66 - I can discover, are the windows by which light is let into this dark room; for methinks the understanding is not much unlike a closet wholly shut from light, with only some little openings left to let in external visible resemblances, or ideas of things without...
Page 237 - ... as long as he is awake. Reflection on these appearances of several ideas one after another in our minds, is that which furnishes us with the idea of succession ; and the distance between any parts of that succession, or between the appearance of any two ideas in our minds, is that we call duration.
Page 265 - The dominion of man in this little world of his own understanding, being much-what the same as it is in the great world of visible things, wherein his power, however managed by art and skill, reaches no farther than to compound and divide the materials that are made to his hand, but can do nothing towards the making the least particle of new matter, or destroying one atom of what is already in being.
Page 95 - It is evident the mind knows not things immediately, but only by the intervention of the ideas it has of them.
Page 346 - Euclid's, and show by construction that its truth was known to us ; to demonstrate, for example, that the angles at the base of an isosceles triangle are equal...
Page 432 - Upon this ground it is that I am bold to think, that morality is capable of demonstration, as well as mathematics ; since the precise real essence of the things moral words stand for may be perfectly known ; and so the congruity or incongruity of the things themselves be certainly discovered, in which consists perfect knowledge.
Page 473 - Mind, mind alone, (bear witness, Earth and Heaven !) The living fountains in itself contains Of beauteous and sublime : here, hand in hand, Sit paramount the Graces ; here enthroned, Celestial Venus, with divinest airs, Invites the soul to never-fading joy.
Page 326 - I demonstrated the proposition of the abstract idea of a triangle. [And here it must be acknowledged that a man may consider a figure merely as triangular, without attending to the particular qualities of the angles, or relations of the sides. So far he may abstract; but this will never prove that he can frame an abstract, general, inconsistent idea of a triangle.

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