Psychology: Or, Elements of a New System of Mental Philosophy, on the Basis of Consciousness and Common Sense

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Harper & brothers, 1842 - Psychology - 227 pages

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Page 23 - Consciousness is a word used by Philosophers, to signify that immediate knowledge which we have of our present thoughts and purposes, and, in general, of all the present operations of our minds.
Page 24 - In all reasoning, therefore, there must be a proposition inferred, and one or more from which it is inferred. And this power of inferring, or drawing a conclusion, is only another name for reasoning ; the proposition inferred being called the conclusion, and the proposition or propositions from which it is inferred, the premises.
Page 24 - BY Conception, I mean that power of the mind, which enables it to form a notion of an absent object of perception, or of a sensation which it has formerly felt.
Page viii - ... for his purpose. Speaking of himself, in his preface, he says, " He then resolved to study exclusively his own mind, and for ten years he read no book on this subject. During this period, he spent much of his time in examination of his own mental phenomena, and having travelled over the whole ground...
Page 218 - We are pleased with the various items presented under this head. They may admit of some improvement, but, on the whole, will, we think, be found satisfactory. Modification is the third active operation of the mind and is defined, "that active operation of the soul, by which we take some from among our mental representatives of real entities, and bring them into such forms, or combinations as do not correspond to realities ; that is, make arbitrary substantive and composite entities out of them.
Page viii - ... mere compiler, or teacher of mental philosophy — among metaphysicians ; with such men as Kant, Heinroth, Schubert in Germany, Locke, Reid, Stewart and Brown, in Great Britain. His position may be ascertained by the following extracts from his preface. " About sixteen years ago, having been called to take charge of a Theological Seminary, he felt it a duty to devote particular attention to his instructions in this department, and formed a resolution, which has doubtless had . some influence...
Page ix - ... system, as in all its parts the result of original, analytic induction." Dr. Schmucker adds, that the publication appears "after frequent solicitations from those who heard the author's lectures, and from other gentlemen of high literary and scientific rank, who examined the manuscript, and that the work is at length submitted to the public, with an earnest solicitude that it may subserve the cause of truth and human happiness. The author does not flatter himself that his views on all the topics...
Page 216 - By inspection we would designate that active operation in which the attention of the soul is directed to some entity, simple or composite ; prospective, present, or retrospective ; with a view to acquire some knowledge concerning it.
Page 201 - not the supposed faculties, of which we know nothing directly, but the known phenomena of the mind, and all those entities or existences, which exert an influence upon these phenomena, or are concerned in their production.
Page 127 - If you say that two and three are equal to four and one, I am perfectly satisfied of the equality of these two quantities, before the application of the axiom, that " Things equal to the same thing are equal to one another," and before I add, that they are both equal to five.

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