A Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy, on Didactic Principles: For the Use of Schools and Private Instruction
"Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric are the handmaids of Literature, Science and Philosophy. The study of grammar is the study of language, and memory is the faculty which it chiefly employs and exercises. But in proceeding towards the cultivation of taste and genius, the acquisition of science, and other ulterior objects of education, the faculties most susceptible of improvement and refinement are the imagination and the understanding. Polite Literature is addressed to the imagination and the understanding in conjunction; science is addressed to the understanding alone. With the view, therefore, of conducting youth from the mere exercise of memory, in the study of language, towards investigations on the powers of the understanding, in the regions of science, my Grammar of Rhetoric and Polite Literature professes, by a proper gradation, to occupy the mind for some time, in those agreeable prospects exhibited to the imagination, and in those interesting speculations, also, addressed to the understanding, with which the arts of speaking and writing so amply abound. But the most successful initiation and discipline into the researches of philosophy, are disquisitions about the objects with which we are familiar, and inquiries into the operations of the human mind, which we every day experience. And Logic has been justly styled the history of the human mind, inasmuch as it traces the progress of our knowledge, from our first and simple perceptions, through all their different combinations, and all those numerous deductions, that result from variously comparing them one with another. This volume is divided into five (5) sections discussing the interrelationships between aspects of logic, philosophy, intellect, and knowledge"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).
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Page 41 - My GOD hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me : forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me ; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
Page 54 - ... conceived more impertinent than- for a person to ask abruptly what was the value of a Roman denarius ? On a little reflection, however, I was easily able to trace the train of thought which suggested the question ; for the original subject of discourse naturally introduced the history of the king, and of the treachery of those who surrendered his person to his enemies ; this again introduced the treachery of Judas Iscariot, and the sum of money which he received for his reward. And all this train...
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Page 62 - O ! who can hold a fire in his hand By thinking on the frosty Caucasus? Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast?
Page 113 - Nor, creeping through the woods, the gelid race Of berries. Oft in humble station dwells Unboastful worth, above fastidious pomp. Witness, thou best Anana ! thou the pride Of vegetable life, beyond whate'er The poets imag'd in the golden age...
Page 116 - In every natural scene, if we destine it for any particular purpose, there are defects and redundancies, which art may sometimes, but cannot always, correct. But the power of imagination is unlimited. She can create and annihilate ; and dispose, at pleasure, her woods, her rocks, and her rivers.
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Page 22 - Consciousness is a word used by philosophers, to signify that immediate knowledge which we have of our present thoughts and purposes, and, in general, of all the present operations of our minds. Whence we may observe, that consciousness is only of things present. To apply consciousness to things past, which sometimes is done in popular discourse, is to confound consciousness with memory; and all such confusion of words ought to be avoided in philosophical discourse.