The Life of the REV. Joseph Blanco White Volume 2

The Life of the REV. Joseph Blanco White Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...his Facts of Consciousness. In every perception, the mind is limited and bound by the sensation, as long as the will to attend exists. That kind of sensation which we call pain compels attention. Is it then this violence done to the will, that produces the irritation and tendency to anger, which, at times, it is so diflicult to check? Personality--the Self, says Fichte, is simply and essentially WILL. It has the consciousness of its being an originating, independent cause, within a certain domain. This consciousness, as it appears to me, is the means by which we become acquainted with the external world--with all that is Not-m.z/self. The beautiful illustration of the expanse of water reflecting the objects on its banks, made this clear to me. Give consciousness, but not a Will, to such a piece of water: --it does not follow that, by perceiving the figures and motions impressed upon it, it would perceive any thing external to itself. Give it, besides, a Will, --with the consciousness of independence; and it must conclude that, since those perceptions do not originate in its own act, they must come from something external to it. The Will is therefore a cause that knows itself. Under the denomination of Not-myself, I place our own body. We are well aware of the intimate union of our organization with Self; but no reflecting man takes his body for himself. This portion of the Notmyself has the greatest power over the Self, or the Will; and limits it by sensations having a charm which overcomes the natural abhorrence of the Will to be fettered and bound, except by its own causa tion. But when this charm does not exist, the body is the most merciless tyrant of the Self: the idea of suicide occurs very naturally as the means to escape that.show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800028
  • 9781236800022