Specious Present, a New Inquiry Into Human Knowledge

Specious Present, a New Inquiry Into Human Knowledge

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...it be readily conceived in what that somewhat itself should consist except in a cognition of relations, to be resolved in turn into a relation, and related terms and consciousness of relation, in disunion. If the first of a uccession of thoughts ceases to exist before the second comes into being, and the second ceases to exist before the third comes into being, and so on, then the knowledge achieved by an agent or principle which presents the succession to itself cannot be immediate in the sense that the successive thoughts are in whole or in part the stuff which is worked up into that knowledge; by hypothesis no two of the successive thoughts are in existence at once to be worked up together, and by the time the succession is complete and a knowledge of it possible the last thought only of the succession exists. And that knowledge cannot by way of total impression be even at one remove mediate; directly from the succession itself no total impression can be taken; the whole number of its parts at no one time exist; there can at the utmost, (to say that the agent is timeless is not to say that it is of all times, still less that it is of all times at once; it is to say that it is of no time whatever! and in any event the object of knowledge in is time even if the knower is not), be taken now an impression of one part of the succession, and now of another part, and now of another, and so on, and finally a total impression of these impressions; and there is no unity amongst the succes sive thoughts, and no unity between the successive thoughts and the partial impressions, and no unity amongst the partial impressions, and no unity between the partial impressions and thetotal impression, and no unity (unity of impression being a cognition of relation)...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515250
  • 9781236515254