On the nature of thought, or, The act of thinking, and its connexion with a perspicuous sentence

Longman, 1835 - 44 σελίδες

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Σελίδα 9 - When the understanding is once stored with these simple ideas, it has the power to repeat, compare, and unite them, even to an almost infinite variety, and so can make at pleasure new complex ideas. But it is not in the power of the most exalted wit or enlarged understanding, by any quickness or variety of thought, to invent or frame one new simple idea in the mind, not taken in by the ways before mentioned; nor can any force of the understanding destroy those that are there...
Σελίδα 5 - But, before I proceed on to what I have thought on this subject, I must here in the entrance beg pardon of my reader for the frequent use of the word " idea," which he will find in the following treatise. It being that term which, I think, serves best to stand for whatsoever is the object of the understanding when a man thinks ; I have used it to express whatever is meant by phantasm, notions, species, or whatever it is, which the mind can be employed about in thinking...
Σελίδα 10 - ... simple ideas into one compound one; and thus all complex ideas are made. (2) The second is bringing two ideas, whether simple or complex, together, and setting them by one another, so as to take a view of them at once, without uniting them into one; by which way it gets all its ideas of relations. (3) The third is separating them from all other ideas that accompany them in their real existence: this is called abstraction: and thus all its general ideas are made.
Σελίδα 18 - To form a clear notion of truth, it is very necessary to consider truth of thought, and truth of words, distinctly one' from another ; but yet it is very difficult to treat of...
Σελίδα 5 - I must here in the entrance beg pardon of my reader for the frequent use of the word idea, which he will find in the following treatise. It being that term, which, I think, serves best to stand for...
Σελίδα 20 - Multa renascentur, quae nunc cecidere; cadentque Quae nunc sunt in honore vocabula, si volet usus, Quern penes arbitrium est et jus et norma loquendi.
Σελίδα 10 - Hence it comes to pass that a man who is very sober and of a right understanding in all other things, may in one particular be as frantic as any in Bedlam; if either by any sudden very strong impression or long fixing his fancy upon one sort of thoughts, incoherent ideas have been cemented together so powerfully as to remain united.
Σελίδα 18 - And that which makes it yet harder to treat of mental and verbal propositions separately, is that most men, if not all, in their thinking and reasonings within themselves, make use of words instead of ideas, at least when the subject of their meditation contains in it complex ideas.
Σελίδα 5 - It is a fundamental principle of the ideal system, that every object of thought must be an impression, or an idea, that is, a faint copy of some preceding impression.
Σελίδα 10 - THE next operation we may observe in the mind about its ideas, is COMPOSITION; whereby it puts together several of those simple ones it has received from sensation and reflection, and combines them into complex ones. Under this of composition may be reckoned also that of ENLARGING ; wherein though the composition does not so much appear as in more complex ones, yet it is nevertheless a putting several ideas together, though of the same kind. Thus, by adding several units together, we make the idea...

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