Introduction to the Genetic Treatment of the Faith-consciousness in the Individual

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Williams & Wilkins, 1909 - Faith - 47 pages
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Page 39 - Our passional nature not only lawfully may, but must, decide an option between propositions, whenever it is a genuine option that cannot by its nature be decided on intellectual grounds; for to say, under such circumstances, "Do not decide, but leave the question open...
Page 43 - Their changes are abrupt or discontinuous ; and their kinds resemble or differ ; and, as they do so, fall into either even or irregular series. " In all this the continuities and the discontinuities are absolutely co-ordinate matters of immediate feeling. The conjunctions are as primordial elements of ' fact ' as are the distinctions and disjunctions. In the same act by which I feel that this passing minute is a new pulse of my life, I feel that the old r life continues into it, and the feeling of...
Page 32 - The highest formal unity, which is based upon ideas alone, is the unity of all things — a unity in accordance with an aim or purpose ; and the speculative interest of reason renders it necessary to regard all order in the world, as if it originated from the intention and design of a supreme reason.
Page 42 - I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories. Only new-born babes, or men in semi-coma from sleep, drugs, illnesses, or blows, may be assumed to have an experience pure in the literal sense of a that which is not yet any definite what, tho...
Page 42 - Pure experience in this state is but another name for feeling or sensation. But the flux of it no sooner comes than it tends to fill itself with emphases, and these salient parts become identified and fixed and abstracted; so that experience now flows as if shot through with adjectives and nouns and prepositions and conjunctions.
Page 43 - Prepositions, copulas, and conjunctions, 'is,' 'isn't,' 'then,' 'before,' 'in,' 'on,' 'beside,' 'between,' 'next,' 'like,' 'unlike,' 'as,' 'but,' flower out of the stream of pure experience, the stream of concretes or the sensational stream, as naturally as nouns and adjectives do, and they melt into it again as fluidly when we apply them to a new portion of the stream.
Page 42 - ... ready to be all sorts of whats ; full both of oneness and of manyness, but in respects that don't appear; changing throughout, yet so confusedly that its phases interpenetrate and no points, either of distinction or of identity, can be caught.
Page 32 - ... while, in the sphere of psychology, we require the fundamental idea (I), which contains a priori a certain form of thought namely, the unity of the ego. Pure reason has, therefore, nothing left but nature in general, and the completeness of conditions in nature in accordance with some principle. The absolute totality of the series of these conditions is an idea, which can never be fully realized in the empirical exercise of reason, while it is serviceable as a rule for the procedure of reason...
Page 29 - ... into the grounds of the distinction, two different sorts of feeling may be denoted by the terms reality-feeling and belief. The phrase realityfeeling denotes the fundamental modification of consciousness which attaches to the presentative side of sensational states — the feeling which means, as the child afterwards learns, that an object is really there. By the word belief, on the other hand, we may denote the feeling which attaches to what may be a secondary or representative state of mind,...
Page 43 - Prepositions, copulas, and conjunctions, "is." "isn't," "then," "before," "in," "on," "beside," "between," "next." "like," "unlike," "as," "but," flower out of the stream of pure experience, the stream of concretes or the sensational stream, as naturally as nouns and adjectives do, and they melt into it again as fluidly when we apply them to a new portion of the stream.

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