The Problem of Metaphysics and the Meaning of Metaphysical Explanation: An Essay in Definitions

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Macmillan Company, 1902 - First philosophy - 130 pages

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Page 15 - The transition from a state of puzzle and perplexity to rational comprehension is full of lively relief and pleasure. But this relief seems to be a negative rather than a positive character. Shall we then say that the feeling of rationality is constituted merely by the absence of any feeling of irrationality?
Page 18 - That all our simple ideas in their first appearance are derived from simple impressions, which are correspondent to them, and which they exactly represent.
Page 18 - ... when applied to sensible things. The table I write on I say exists; that is, I see and feel it: and if I were out of my study I should say it existed; meaning thereby that if I was in my study I might perceive it, or that some other spirit actually does perceive it.
Page 18 - IT is evident to any one who takes a survey of the objects of human knowledge, that they are either ideas actually imprinted on the senses; or else such as are perceived by attending to the passions and operations of the mind; or lastly, ideas formed by help of memory and imagination — either compounding, dividing, or barely representing those originally perceived in the aforesaid ways.
Page 36 - The positive relation of every appearance as an adjective to Reality, and the presence of Reality among its appearances in different degrees and with diverse values — this double truth we have found to be the centre of philosophy.
Page 15 - I think there are very good grounds for upholding such a view. All feeling whatever, in the light of certain recent psychological speculations, seems to depend for its physical condition not on simple discharge of nerve-currents, but on their discharge under arrest, impediment or resistance.
Page 11 - The utility of this emotional effect of expectation is perfectly obvious; 'natural selection,' in fact, was bound to bring it about sooner or later. It is of the utmost practical importance to an animal that he should have prevision of the qualities of the objects that surround him, and especially that...
Page 34 - that " by itself, we do not get it, for either we have it qualified, or else we fail utterly. If we try to get the " what " by itself, we find at once that it is not all. It points to something beyond, and cannot exist by itself and as a bare adjective. Neither of these aspects, if you isolate it, can be taken as real, or indeed in that case is itself any longer.
Page 16 - This 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 call the Sentiment of Rationality.
Page 11 - Well, of two conceptions equally fit to satisfy the logical demand, that one which awakens the active impulses, or satisfies other aesthetic demands better than the other, will be accounted the more rational conception, and will deservedly prevail.

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