An inquiry into the constitution, powers, and processes of the human mind: with a view to the determination of the fundamental principles of religions, moral, and political science

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A. Brown & Co., 1858 - Knowledge, Theory of - 640 pages
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Page 354 - Perception has always an external object; and the object of my perception, in this case, is that quality in the rose which I discern by the sense of smell. Observing that the agreeable sensation is raised when the rose is near, and ceases when it is removed, I am led, by my nature, to conclude some quality to be in the rose, which is the cause of this sensation. This quality in the rose is the object perceived; and that act of my mind by which I have the conviction and belief of this quality, is...
Page 632 - This Day, black Omens threat the brightest Fair, That e'er deserv'da watchful Spirit's Care ; Some dire Disaster, or by Force, or Slight; But what, or where, the Fates have wrapt in Night. Whether the Nymph shall break Diana's Law, Or some frail China Jar receive a Flaw, Or stain her Honour or her new Brocade ; Forget her Prayers, or miss a Masquerade, Or lose her Heart or Necklace at a Ball ; Or whether Heav'n has doom'd that Shock must fall.
Page 77 - I would be understood to mean that notice which the mind takes of its own operations, and the manner of them, by reason whereof there come to be ideas of these operations in the understanding.
Page 96 - If the mind be not engaged by argument to make this step, it must be induced by some other principle of equal weight and authority ; and that principle will preserve its influence as long as human nature remains the same.
Page 298 - For since consciousness always accompanies thinking, and it is that which makes every one to be what he •calls self, and thereby distinguishes himself from all other thinking things ; in this alone consists personal identity, ie the sameness of a rational being; and as far as this consciousness can be extended backwards to any past action or thought, so far reaches the identity of that person...
Page 96 - Though we should conclude, for instance, as in the foregoing section, that, in all reasonings from experience, there is a step taken by the mind which is not supported by any argument or process of the understanding; there is no danger that these reasonings, on which almost all knowledge depends, will ever be affected by such a discovery. If the mind be not engaged by argument to make this step, it must be induced by some other principle of equal weight and...
Page 521 - An expert accountant, for example, can sum up, almost with a single glance of his eye, a. long column of figures. He can tell the sum, with unerring certainty, while, at the same time, he is unable to recollect any one of the figures of which that sum is composed ; and yet nobody doubts that each of these figures has passed through his mind, or supposes that when the rapidity of the process becomes so great that he is unable to recollect the various steps of it, he obtains the result by a sort of...
Page 596 - If two triangles have two sides of the one equal to two sides of the other...
Page 464 - He was at the time in a state of perfect stupor, and, after his recovery, retained no recollection either of the accident or the operation.
Page 473 - Contiguity in time or place, and Cause or Effect. That these principles serve to connect ideas will not, I believe, be much doubted. A picture naturally leads our thoughts to the original...

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