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" ... when the movement is inhibited, or when the thought meets with difficulties, we experience distress. It is only when the distress is upon us that we can be said to strive, to crave, or to aspire. When enjoying plenary freedom either in the way of... "
The Sentiment of Rationality - Page 64
by William James - 1905 - 48 pages
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Mind, Volume 4

Philosophy - 1879
...us that we can be said to strive, to crave, or to aspire. When enjoying plenary freedom to energise either in the way of motion or of thought, we are...as we are enabled from any cause whatever to think of a thing with perfect fluency, that thing seems to us rational. Why we should constantly gravitate...
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The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

William James - Belief and doubt - 1896 - 332 pages
...victory had been gained : " Hang yourself, brave Crillon ! we fought at Arques, and you were not there." THE SENTIMENT OF RATIONALITY.1 WHAT is the task which...present moment, "of its absoluteness. — this absence ofjdljippd to explain <>'; arrniint for it. Or justify LL — is what I call the Sentiment of Rationality....
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The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

William James - Belief and doubt - 1899 - 332 pages
...yourself, brave Crillon ! we fought at Arques, and you were not there." THE SENTIMENT OF RATIONALITY.1 I. WHAT is the task which philosophers set themselves...present moment, of its absoluteness, — this absence k of all need to explain it, account for it, or justify it, — is what I call the Sentiment of Rationality....
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Collected Essays and Reviews

William James - Física - Investigación - Discursos, ensayos, conferencias - 1920 - 516 pages
...motion or of thought, we are in a sort of anaesthetic state in which we might say with Walt WMtman, if we cared to say anything about ourselves at such...as we are enabled from any cause whatever to think of a thing with perfect fluency, that thing seems to us rational. Why we should constantly gravitate...
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Collected Essays and Reviews

William James - Philosophy - 1920 - 516 pages
...way of motion or of thought, we are in a sort of anaesthetic state in which we might say with Walt 84 Whitman, if we cared to say anything about ourselves...feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment, of its_absoluteness — this absence of all need to explain it, account for it or justify it — is what...
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The Will to Believe: And Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

William James - Belief and doubt - 1921 - 332 pages
...yourself, brave Crillon ! we fought at Arques, and you were not there.1" THE SENTIMENT OF RATIONALITY.1 I. WHAT is the task which philosophers set themselves...ourselves at such times, " I am sufficient as I am." JThis_ feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment, _pfj.ts absoluteness. — this absence of...
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William James: His Life and Thought

Gerald Eugene Myers - Biography & Autobiography - 2001 - 628 pages
...identified the sentiment of rationality, or the experience of finding something to be rational, as a "feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment,...need to explain it, account for it or justify it. ... As soon as we are enabled from any cause whatever to think of a thing with perfect fluency, that...
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The Trial of Curiosity

Ross Posnock - Literary Criticism - 1991
...comprehension is full of lively relief and pleasure." This "feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment... this absence of all need to explain it, account for it, or justify it—is what I call the Sentiment of Rationality" (Wi//57-58). This condition of "fluency" may be found...
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Willful Liberalism: Voluntarism and Individuality in Political Theory and ...

Richard E. Flathman - Philosophy - 1992 - 232 pages
...and sometimes find. But if these are goods, they are bought at a high price. Acquiring them puts us "in a sort of anaesthetic state in which we might...feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment, of its absoluteness,—this absence of all need to explain it, account for it, or justify it,—is what I...
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Twelve Great Philosophers: A Historical Introduction to Human Nature

Wayne P. Pomerleau - Philosophy - 1997 - 473 pages
...about ourselves and our world and of the value of theories in helping us feel that things make sense. This feeling of the sufficiency of the present moment,...it, — is what I call the Sentiment of Rationality, he says. On the one hand, we want our theories to be simple enough that they can be understood and...
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