philosophy essay dealing with perception of the mind

philosophy essay dealing with perception of the mind

  1. Introduction
    1. Hello and welcome, introduction to philosophy
  2. Perceptions of the mind
    1. When one feels
      1. Perception of the mind that feels pain & pleasure.
      2. When we reflect on our past sentiments and affections, our though it a faithful mirror, and copies its objects truly; but the colours which it employs are faint and dull.
    2. When one recollects
      1. Recalls to his memory this sensation or anticipates it by his imagination, they mimic or copy but never reach force & vivacity of the original sentiments.
      2. When we reflect on our past sentiments and affections, our though it a faithful mirror, and copies its objects truly; but the colours which it employs are faint and dull.
  • (The most lively thought is still inferior to dullest sensation
  • Ideas & Impressions (May divide all the perceptions of the mind 2 classes or species, which are distinguished by their different degrees of force & vivacity)
    1. Ideas (thoughts)
      1. Less forcible & lively, a reflection of sensations
    2. Impressions
      1. All our more, lively perceptions, when we hear see, or feel, or love, or hate, or desire, or will.Impressions are distinguished from ideas, which are the less lively perceptions, of which we are conscious, when we reflect on any of these sensations or movements above mentioned.
    3. Ideas
      1. Our thought seems to possess this unbounded liberty we shall find upon a nearer examination, that it is really confined within very narrow limits
      2. No more than the faculty of compounding, transposing, augmenting, or diminishing material afforded us by he senses (impressions)
        1. Ex: Gold Mountains is a join of gold and a mountain. Virtuous Horse, etc.
        2. Virtuous horse; conceive, because of our feeling to conceive virtue and uniting the figure of a horse. (Anthropomorphizing)
  • This is where he states his big philosophical conclusion, in a “philosophical language” “All of our ideas are copies of our impressions”
 
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