The Doctrines of Modern Phrenology, Reviewed, Examined, and Refuted: In a Course of Eight Lectures

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J. M'Diarmid & Son, 1845 - Phrenology - 162 pages

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Page 148 - ... has been pleased to join to several thoughts and several sensations a perception of delight. If this were wholly separated from all our outward sensations and inward thoughts, we should have no reason to prefer one thought or action to another...
Page 162 - He that would seriously set upon the search of truth, ought in the first place to prepare his mind with a love of it; for he that loves it not, will not take much pains to get it, nor be much concerned when he misses it.
Page 149 - Things then are good or evil, only in reference to pleasure or pain. That we call good, which is apt to cause or increase pleasure, or diminish pain in us; or else to procure or preserve us the possession of any other good or absence of any evil. And, on the contrary, we name that evil...
Page 162 - ... surplusage of assurance is owing to some other affection, and not to the love of truth: it being as impossible that the love of truth should carry my assent above the evidence there is to me that it is true, as that the love of truth should make...
Page 161 - 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 and incongruity of the things themselves be certainly discovered; in which consists perfect knowledge.
Page 149 - That we call good, which is apt to cause or increase pleasure or diminish pain in us ; or else to procure or preserve ш the possession of any other good, or absence of any evil. And, on the contrary, we name that evil, which is apt to produce or increase any pain, or diminish any pleasure in us ; or else to procure us any evil, or deprire us of any good.
Page 156 - Combe says that these conflicting theories will serve " to convey some idea of the boon which phrenology would confer upon moral science, if it could fix on a firm basis this single point in the philosophy of mind — that a power or faculty exists, the object of which is to produce the sentiment of justice or the feeling of duty and obligation, independently of selfishness...
Page 112 - Or as philosophers, who find Some favourite system to their mind, In every point to make it fit, Will force all nature to submit.
Page 152 - For, first of all, it seems impossible that the approbation of virtue should be a sentiment of the same kind with that by which we approve of a convenient and well-contrived building ; or, that we should have no other reason for praising a man than that for which we commend a chest of drawers.
Page 84 - I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show : False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

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