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Samuel Alexander Quotes & Quotations
Samuel Alexander
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    An expectation is a future object, recognised as belonging to me. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection as if they were another class of objects of contemplation beside ideas of sensation. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    Hence, in desiring, the more the enjoyment is delayed, the more fancy begins to weave about the object images of future fruition, and to clothe the desired object with properties calculated to inflame the impulse. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    It is a different and independent thing, and the character of the mental act only determines how much of the object is apprehended and in what form. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    Mental life is indeed practical through and through. It begins in practice and it ends in practice. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    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. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    The mental act of sensation which issues in reflex movement is so simple as to defy analysis. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    The thing of which the act of perception is the perception is experienced as something not mental. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    Thus we have to recognize that a thing as perceived contains besides sensory elements other elements present to the mind only in ideal form. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a cognitive as well as a conative element. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind, in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes it perceive not a star but a tree, and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander
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    You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well. Samuel-AlexanderSamuel Alexander