The World of Mind: An Elementary Book

Harper & brothers, 1858 - 378 Seiten
"Throughout the course of the years that have elapsed since the publication of a small volume, Elements of thought, I have held in view the purpose of following it by another on the same subjects, but treated more at large. A time of absolute leisure, fitted for the due performance of such a task, I have waited for and never found. Yet, in place of a continuous season of leisure, there has been given me the leisure moments and the hours of many thoughtful years. During these years the principal subjects of Intellectual Philosophy have been constantly in my prospect, and the volume which is now offered to the public is the fruit of these meditations in this lapse of time. Intending to put into the reader's hand an elementary book of moderate size, such subjects only are introduced as might be presented apart from controversial references to books, either of the present time or of times past. Any such references, to be serviceable to the uninitiated reader, must be ample and comprehensive, and would demand space very far exceeding that to which I have here confined myself. The present volume embraces only a portion of those subjects that should find a place in a course of elementary reading in Mental Philosophy. I still keep in view what would give completeness to the plan that has been so long projected"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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Seite 255 - The idea of a man enjoying a train of pleasures, or happiness, is felt by every body to be a pleasurable idea. The idea of a man under a train of sufferings or pains is equally felt to be a painful idea. This can arise from nothing but the association of our own pleasures with the first idea, and of our own pains with the second. We never feel any pains and pleasures but our own.
Seite 103 - That this is the fact might be very safely inferred from what has hitherto been, the issue, without an exception, of the many ingenious theories propounded with the intention of laying open the world of Mind by the help of chemistry, or any of those sciences that are properly called physical. Every theory resting upon this basis has presently gone off into some quackery, raised for awhile among the uneducated, and soon forgotten.
Seite 106 - Much of that which is to invite attention in this elementary book will consist of an exhibition — first, of what is common to all orders of living beings ; and then a setting forth of what is peculiar to the human mind, and which is the ground of its immeasurable superiority.

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