Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi's werke, Volume 2

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G. Fleischer, 1815
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Page 158 - just as they might have existed. But as it is impossible that „ this faculty of imagination can ever, of itself, reach belief, it , ,is evident, that belief consists not in the peculiar nature or or* „ der of ideas, but in the manner of their conception, and in „their feeling to the mind. J
Page 157 - of cold or passion of anger, to a creature who never had „ an experience of these sentiments. BELIEF is the true and „ proper name of this feeling -, and no one is ever at a loss to „know the meaning of that term; because every, man is every
Page 157 - impulse, and the communication of motion from one ball to ,, another. „Were we to attempt a definition of this sentiment , we „should, perhaps, find it a very difficult, if not an impossible task ; „in the same manner as if we should endeavour to define the
Page 157 - different from the loose reveries of the fancy. In this „ consists the whole nature of belief, for as there is no matter „ of fact which we believe so firmly, that we cannot conceive „the contrary, there would be no difference between the
Page 158 - to explain this feeling or manner of conception. We „ may make use of words, which express something near it. /„But its true and proper name, as we observed before, is be<,, lief; which is a term, that
Page 156 - or feeling, which is annexed ,,to the latter, not to the former, and which depends not on the „ will, nor can be commanded at pleasure. It must be excited „by nature, like all
Page 152 - actions. ... ,, This very table, which we see white, and which we feel hard, „ is believed to exist , independent of our perception , and to be „ something external to our mind , which perceives it
Page 152 - reasoning , or even almost before the use of reason , we ,, always suppose an external universe , which depends not on „our perception , but would exist , though we and every
Page 156 - a horse ; but it is not in our power to believe that „ such an animal has ever really existed. „It follows, therefore, that the difference between fiction „and belief lies in

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