Maine de Biran's Philosophy of Will

Maine de Biran's Philosophy of Will

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...tend to set aside or to maintain the impression. At the beginning there is a vague feeling of life without personality. Life is the condition of sentiency. The impressions, whether they are of organic or of external origin, are confused with the general feeling of life, and for a long time retain this indefinite character. But with the further development of life the general excitatory character of the impressions diminishes and the particular affections can manifest themselves. Thus the materials 1 Cf. CEuvres philosophiques, Vol. 3, pp. 239-240. of distinct perception are separated and the personal element alone is wanting to complete the first phenomenon of external representation. The impressions derived from the different sense organs differ in the degree of ease with which they lend themselves to association with the self. Some always preserve more or less the character of general affections and thus remain somewhat confused; others are more distinct and more disposed by nature to be localized or coordinated with their particular sense organs. The latter class easily admits the forms of space and time. In reference to the sense of touch, Maine de Biran says, that when we abstract effort from the affections, they reduce to an absolutely passive character and are deprived of all perceptive elements, of all form of space and time and of all idea of cause or substance. The affections correlated with the organs of taste and smell are very slow to differentiate themselves from the general affective system and even then tend to revert to a confused condition. But in the visual and auditory affections there are characteristics which promote the association of the passive affections with the self. These immediate passive intuitions are, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857127
  • 9781236857125