Elements of Thought: Or, Concise Explanations (alphabetically Arranged) of the Principal Terms Employed in the Several Branches of Intellectual Philosophy

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Holdsworth and Ball, 1833 - Philosophy - 165 pages

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Page 46 - Nor how strong soever may be any particular habit of thinking, is any mind absolutely incapable of breaking off its customary meditations, and of fixing itself upon another set of ideas. Every one is conscious of possessing a power (more or less perfect) of detaining some one thought, or class of thoughts, in the mind, and of considering, or viewing a particular subject successively, in all its parts and relations. This power is called Attention. It is the proper and distinguishing excellence of...
Page 94 - the power of the mind to decompose its conceptions and to recombine the elements of them at its pleasure.
Page 44 - ... addict themselves to the cultivation of philosophy, from the influence of mere taste. In this manner new discoveries are made ; and these, more or less directly, improve the arts of life ; and so a perpetual advancement goes on by the mutual influence of mechanical skill and philosophical principles. ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS. It is the law or usage of the human mind long to retain any connexion, even of the most accidental kind, which has once been formed between two or more thoughts or states of...
Page 45 - The mathematician, the mechanician, the statesman, the poet, the artist, the man of business, each acquires his proper habit of association, and each is prompt and successful in his line, just in proportion to the rationality and the closeness of the connexions that have been formed in his mind. This principle of the association of ideas is sometimes, or by some writers, called the law of Suggestion.
Page 14 - ... alike in some single quality ; and when this one quality is distinctly taken notice of, we readily learn to think of it apart from the other qualities with which it may have been joined ; and thus the mind acquires the habit of drawing off certain properties of things, and of giving names to them : this habit is called abstraction ; and the words employed on such occasions are called abstract terms.
Page 161 - Apostles, is confinned in each of the methods above mentioned, and by the combination of them all. Indeed it may boldly be affirmed that no fact whatever, in ancient history, is nearly so well and fully attested as is the Gospel history. If that history is rejected, then not only is all history an illusion, but the entire system of human...
Page 66 - From contingo, to touch upon, or happen. In popular language, whatever event takes place of which we do not discern the cause, why it should have happened in this manner, or at this moment, rather than another, is called a contingent event; or an event without a cause : as for example, the falling of a leaf on a particular spot, or the turning up of a certain number, when dice are thrown.

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