Elementary Sketches Of Moral Philosophy; Delivered At The Royal Institution 1804, 1805 And 1806

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bySydney Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1866. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Before I proceed upon my present Lecture, I beg leave, in a very few words, to bring to your recollection the topics which I have dwelt upon in my last. My first object was to show that habit was to action what association is to thought; or, in other words, that it is associated action. I then divided habits into active and passive: those things which we are prone to do, because we have done them ; and those things which we are prone to suffer, because we have suffered them. In those passive impressions, produced upon the mind through the body, I endeavoured to show that the sensibility of the bodily organ was materially impaired by repetition, but that this rule was by no means to be extended to the affections; that it was not generally true that they were weakened by habit. I noticed the pain consequent upon the interruptions of habit; the uniform increase of active habits; and lastly, the diminished attention of mind; which latter circumstance I attributed, partly to the strengthened association of ideas, partly to the improved association of actions. This was the substance of my last Lecture ; and I now go on to make those additional observations on habit, which I had not then time to comprehend in the discussion. It has very often been asked when a habit begins to exist. There must be a period in its formation, when custom can have little or no influence, and when we have nothing but a temporary and casual motive for the performance of the action. When is the action habitual ?--when not ? What is the delicate and dis criminating circumstance which decides you to call -that mode of acting a habit ? Nothing, for instance, is more common than to see persons beating the ground with their feet in any moment of vacancy of mind; and it easily degenerates into a ha...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1866. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Before I proceed upon my present Lecture, I beg leave, in a very few words, to bring to your recollection the topics which I have dwe...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.36 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217712770

ISBN - 13:9780217712774

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