The Works of Dugald Stewart

The Works of Dugald Stewart

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...which I should not have received from any other scene equally beautiful. I shall not inquire, whether, in such cases, the associated pleasure arises immediately upon the sight of the object, and without the intervention of any train of thought; or whether it is produced by the recollection and conception of former occurrences which the perception recalls. On neither supposition does it imply the exercise of that creative power of the mind to which we have given the name of imagination. It is true, that commonly, on such occasions, imagination is busy; and our pleasure is much heightened by the coloring which she gives to the objects of memory. But the difference between the etfects which arise mm the operation of this faculty, and those which result from association, is not, on that account, the less real.. The influence of imagination on happiness is chiefly felt by cultivated minds. That of association extends to all ranks of men, and furnishes the chief instrument of education; insoinuch that whoever has the regulation of the associations of another from early infancy, is, to a great degree, the arbiter of his happiness or misery. Some very ingenious writers have employed the word association in so extensive a sense, as to comprehend, not only imagination, but all the other faculties of the mind. Wherever the pleasing or the painful effect of an object does not depend solely on the object itself, but arises eitherwvholly or in part from some mental operation to which the perception of it gives rise, the effect is referred to association. And, undoubtedly, this language may be employed with propriety, if_ the word association be applied to all the ideas and feelings which may arise in the mind, in consequence of the exercise which the...
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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236936671
  • 9781236936677