The Human Mind: A System of Mental Philosophy for the General Reader

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Mullan, 1873 - 345 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 313 - That gravity should be innate, inherent and essential to matter, so that one body may act upon another at a distance through a vacuum, without the mediation of any thing else, by and through which their action and force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an absurdity, that I believe no man who has in philosophical matters a competent faculty of thinking, can ever fall into it.
Pàgina 334 - Whatsoever the mind perceives in itself, or is the immediate object of perception, thought, or understanding, that I call idea; and the power to produce any idea in our mind, I call quality of the subject wherein that power is.
Pàgina 334 - Thus a snow-ball having the power to produce in us the ideas of white, cold, and round, the powers to produce those ideas in us, as they are in the snow-ball, I call qualities; and as they are sensations or perceptions in our understandings, I call them ideas; which ideas, if I speak of sometimes as in the things themselves, I would be understood to mean those qualities in the objects which produce them in us.
Pàgina 8 - ... found themselves quickly at a stand by the difficulties, that rose on every side. After we had a while puzzled ourselves, without coming any nearer a resolution of those doubts which perplexed us, it came into my thoughts that we took a wrong course; and that, before we set ourselves upon inquiries of that nature, it was necessary to examine our own abilities, and see what objects our understandings were, or were not, fitted to deal with.
Pàgina 315 - If the properties of water may be properly said to result from the nature and disposition of its component molecules, I can find no intelligible ground for refusing to say that the properties of protoplasm result from the nature and disposition of its molecules.
Pàgina 329 - Consciousness is thus, on the one hand, the recognition by the mind or ego of its acts and affections ; — in other words, the selfaffirmation, that certain modifications are known by me, and that these modifications are mine.
Pàgina 315 - Carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen are all lifeless bodies. Of these, carbon and oxygen unite in certain proportions and under certain conditions, to give rise to carbonic acid ; hydrogen and oxygen produce water ; nitrogen and hydrogen give rise to ammonia.
Pàgina 324 - It would be want of candour not to own, that I think there is some merit in what you are pleased to call my Philosophy ; but I think it lies chiefly in having called in question the common theory of Ideas or Images of things in the mind being the only objects of thought ; — a theory founded on natural prejudices, and so universally received as to be interwoven with the structure of language.
Pàgina 271 - And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart and pure...
Pàgina 310 - You are aware of the speculation* which I some time since uttered respecting that view of the nature of matter which considers its ultimate atoms as centres of force, and not as so many little bodies surrounded by forces, the bodies being considered in the abstract as independent of the forces and capable of existing without them.

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