Sketches of Moral and Mental Philosophy, Their Connection with Each Other, and Their Bearings on Doctrines and Practical Christianity Volume 1

Sketches of Moral and Mental Philosophy, Their Connection with Each Other, and Their Bearings on Doctrines and Practical Christianity Volume 1

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...and the sensation which it impresses upon the retina. If we look singly and stedfastly to an object of a particular colour, as red, there is an organic necessity for the peculiar sensation of redness, from which we cannot escape, but by shutting our eyes, or turning them away to objects that are differently coloured. If we think singly and stedfastly on an object of a particular character, as an injury, there seems an organic necessity also for the peculiar emotion of resentment, from which there appears to.be no other way of escaping, than by stilling the thought, or turning the mind away to other objects of contemplation. Now we hear both of virtuous emotions and of vicious emotions;. and it is of capital importance to know how to retain the one and to. exclude the other_which is by dwelling in thought on the objects that awaken the former, and discharging from thought the objects that awaken the latter. And so it is by thinking in a certain way that wrong sensibilities. are avoided, and right sensibilities are upholden. It is by keeping up ajremembrance of the kindness, that we keep _up the emotion of gratitude. It is by forgetting the provocation, that we cease from the emotion of anger. It is by reflecting on. the misery of a fellow-creature in its vivid and affecting details, that pity is called forth. It is by meditating on the perfections of the Godhead that we cherish and keep alive our reverence for the highest virtue and our love for the highest goodness. In one word, thought is at once the harbinger and the sustainer of feeling: and this, of itself, forms an important link of communication between the intellectual and the moral departments of our nature.. 38. Actions are voluntaryin. themselves, in that the mind can will them...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890957
  • 9781236890955