An Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy: And of the Principal Philosophical Questions Discussed in His Writings, Svazek 2

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W. V. Spencer, 1865

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Strana 255 - is a " reflex of the spontaneous and unimpeded exertion of " a power, of whose energy we are conscious. Pain, a " reflex of the overstrained or repressed exertion of such
Strana 249 - If a body moves, it must move either in the place where it is or in the place where it is not : but either of these is impossible : therefore it cannot move.
Strana 30 - Now, can we construe it to thought, that the moment after the universe flashed into material reality, into manifested being, there was a larger complement of existence in the universe and its Author together, than, the moment before, there subsisted in the Deity alone ? This we are unable to imagine.
Strana 273 - How the will can possibly be free, must remain to us, under the present limitation of our faculties, wholly incomprehensible.
Strana 241 - nor more onerous causes are to be assumed, than are " necessary to account for the phenomena.
Strana 335 - People are led into this mistake by overlooking the fact that such processes being to a certain extent within the reach of a limited intellect, we are apt to ascribe to them that insensibility of which they are in truth the effect and not the cause. Admiration and love, to which all knowledge truly vital must tend, are felt by men of real genius in proportion as their discoveries in natural Philosophy are enlarged ; and the beauty in form of a plant or an animal is not made less but more apparent...
Strana 41 - ... there intervenes a numerous series of intermediate agencies of which we have no knowledge ; and, consequently, that we can have no consciousness of any causal connection between the extreme links of this chain, — the volition to move and the limb moving, as this hypothesis asserts. No one is immediately conscious, for example, of moving his arm through his volition. Previously to this ultimate movement, muscles, nerves, a multitude of solid and fluid parts, must be set in motion by the will...
Strana 10 - The sphere of our consciousness is only a small circle in the centre of a far wider sphere of action and passion, of which we are only conscious through its effects.
Strana 55 - I have a faculty of imagining or representing to myself, the ideas of those particular things I have perceived, and of variously compounding and dividing them. I can imagine a man with two heads, or the upper parts of a man joined to the body of a horse. I can consider the hand, the eye, the nose each by itself abstracted or separated from the rest of the body.
Strana 14 - ... mechanics. If a number of billiard balls be placed in a straight row and touching each other, and if a ball be made to strike, in the line of the row, the ball at one end of the series, what will happen? The motion of the impinging ball is not divided among the whole row; this, which we might a priori have expected, does not happen, but the impetus is transmitted through the intermediate balls which remain each in its place, to the ball at the opposite end of the series, and this ball alone is...

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