The Theological and Literary Journal Volume 2

The Theological and Literary Journal 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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...from an effect in respect to which the mind is passive, into a voluntary act, which is both mistaken and absurd. The impressions or effects produced by outward things, would, on that theory, take place antecedently to their being perceived, and, therefore, independently of consciousness. But there is no such antecedence of sonsntions to the mind's consciousness of them. The supposition is self-contradictory. Its consciousness of its sensations is its perception and its only perception of them; and its perception of the external objects that cause them, if they are objects of sight, touch, or taste, is contemporaneous with and involved in the effects they produce, not the consequence of subsequent volition. It cannot have a sensation or feeling of which it is not aware. If Mr. M.'s definition were true, it would not be the application of a hot iron to the body tha't gave pain, but the mind's attention to the effect produced by that application, which is preposterous. Instead of the perception of sensations being the consequence of voluntary attention, it is only after they are perceived that they can be voluntarily made the objects of notice. By defining perception, however, as a voluntary act, and thence making the mind its cause, he prepares the way for its being treated, when he comes to the description of the things perceived through the senses, as merely ideal. He next proceeds from " the sensational to the perceptive consciousness." He says: "Perception indicates the state of consciousness in which the mind, getting beyond itself, attributes the impressions it experiences to the existence of external things..."." The nature of the sensational and of the perceptive consciousness can best be appreciated together. The organism with...show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 476g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236668561
  • 9781236668561