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."
"Practical acts are such as, through the medium of our bodily movements, alter the object or its relation to ourselves or to other subjects."
"Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life."
"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."
"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."
"Both expectations and memories are more than mere images founded on previous experience."
"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."
"But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection as if they were another class of objects of contemplation beside ideas of sensation."
"Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis."
"For psychological purposes the most important differences in conation are those in virtue of which the object is revealed as sensed or perceived or imaged or remembered or thought."



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