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Samuel Alexander Quotes


30 Samuel Alexander quotes:



"Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self."
"It is convenient to distinguish the two kinds of experience which have thus been described, the experienc-ing and the experienc-ed, by technical words."
"It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name."
"It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding, that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last phrase as objects of contemplation, the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment."
"Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life."
"An expectation is a future object, recognised as belonging to me."
"An object is not first imagined or thought about and then expected or willed, but in being actively expected it is imagined as future and in being willed it is thought."
"But though cognition is not an element of mental action, nor even in any real sense of the word an aspect of it, the distinction of cognition and conation has if properly defined a definite value."
"In the act of perception there are accordingly these two things, the mind engaged in a certain act, and the thing called the tree which is not mental."
"When we come to images or memories or thoughts, speculation, while always closely related to practice, is more explicit, and it is in fact not immediately obvious that such processes can be described in any sense as practical."
"Such being the nature of mental life, the business of psychology is primarily to describe in detail the various forms which attention or conation assumes upon the different levels of that life."
"Practical acts are such as, through the medium of our bodily movements, alter the object or its relation to ourselves or to other subjects."
"The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness."
"The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the object of which it is the perception."
"The sensory acts are accordingly distinguished by their objects."
"The thing of which the act of perception is the perception is experienced as something not mental."
"Thus the same object may supply a practical perception to one person and a speculative one to another, or the same person may perceive it partly practically and partly speculatively."
"Thus we have to recognize that a thing as perceived contains besides sensory elements other elements present to the mind only in ideal form."
"We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a cognitive as well as a conative element."
"Both expectations and memories are more than mere images founded on previous experience."



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