The Doctrine of the Will, Determined by an Appeal to Consciousness

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byHenry Philip Tappan

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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. 1840. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. OF PERSONALITY. The personal pronouns belong to all languages, and represent the idea of personality, which is common to all men. Personality is affirmed only of God, angels, and men--only of beings of intelligence and freedom. Personality is not individuality, because individuality is of universal application, and expresses merely the last logical division, as is denoted, indeed, by the etymology of the word. A person, however, is an individual; and person in this connection, expresses differentia. What does personality represent? If it represent the whole individual mind or spirit, then of course it is merely a synonyme of mind or spirit: but the term personality will not apply to every faculty of mind or spirit. I. It will be granted that the I is applied to the will as the free causality of the mind; when it is affirmed I do, the will is the I. II. Personality cannot be conceived of without freedom. When it is affirmed / do, the I is trulyarid properly the cause of the doing; but if this I, be regarded as necessitated in its doing, if its 7iisus be not regarded as really its own determination, but the determination of another, then it is no more I that do--it is no more I that make the nixus, it must be referred to some other cause. This appears still farther in the use of the personal possessive pronouns. We will take for example the pronoun mine. This implies two objects, and the idea of possession. It implies the I, and something which is not me, and the fact that this something belongs to me. But to what do we apply the pronoun mine, and on what is possession based? We apply this pronoun to every object which we can appropriate by our personal agency to any purpose, wish, or enjoyment; we apply it to every thing over which we exercise ...

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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. 1840. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. OF PERSONALITY. The personal pronouns belong to all languages, and represent the idea of personality, which is com...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217346111

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