On the Nature of Thought

or, The act of thinking and its connexion with a perspicuous sentence

Author: John Haslam
Published: 1835
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,159 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 32.7
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 919
Added to site: 2010.02.01
mnybks.net#: 26524
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Philosophy
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these articulate and significant sounds. Words are not only the representatives of the perceptions we receive through the medium of our five senses, but likewise of many internal feelings, passions, and emotions, together with all that the Mind (the aggregate of capacity and acquired intelligence) has elaborated. The result of this commutation renders the word the intelligible substitute for the thing perceived, so that the presence of the object recalls its name, and the name when uttered excites the immediate recollection of the absent object. This reciprocal substitution or mutual exchange, forms the basis, and affords a reason for Language. Whoever will take the trouble to watch the progress of the child from the commencement of its efforts to speak, will be surprised with its display of curiosity and intelligence. It feels delighted with the existence it enjoys, and with the power its senses possess to examine the objects of the world that surrounds it. Every organ, in succession, is occupied in

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