The Aesthetic Experience (volume 1, No. 1); Its Nature And Function In Epistemology

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byWilliam Davis Furry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... Of the so-called 'sensible qualities' of objects, extension alone, in our perception, corresponds to anything really existing in the object. Extension, however, is not a 'sensation,' but an idea, perceived by the intellect. In this, Norris follows Malebranche, as Malebranche had followed Descartes. "The natureof body," Descartes had said, "consists not in weight, hardness, color and the like, but in extension alone--in its being a substance extended in length, breadth and depth."1 "Nothing remains in the idea of body, except that it is something extended."2 "Bodies," Malebranche repeated, "have no other qualities than those which result from their shapes."3 "All the possible properties or modalities of extension are only the shapes and the relations of distance. Our senses tell us that the fire sends forth heat and light. We see clearly that these faculties are not simply figure and motion, and we judge accordingly,.that there is something in bodies beside extension whose only attributes are figure and motion. But let us consult our reason, the clear idea which we have of bodies,.and we may discover that we are attributing to them qualities and properties which belong not to them but only to ourselves."4 Norris devoted a long chapter to the question of whether matter can think,6 and returns many times to the discussion of the nature of sensations, but what he says is little more than a repetition of what Descartes and Malebranche had taught. "Now of this Matter I think the most simple and genuine Idea that will offer itself to the mind that attentively considers it, is that of an Extended Being,.and all those characters which are or can be further added, will be found to be either Properties belonging to Bodies, or such Sentiments which we have in ourselv...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908. Excerpt: ... Of the so-called 'sensible qualities' of objects, extension alone, in our perception, corresponds to anything really existing ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217624243

ISBN - 13:9780217624244

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