The Resource Essays on the powers of the human mind, Vol. 3, Essays on the active powers of man, by Thomas Reid ; to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, (electronic resource)

Essays on the powers of the human mind, Vol. 3, Essays on the active powers of man, by Thomas Reid ; to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, (electronic resource)

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Essays on the powers of the human mind, Vol. 3, Essays on the active powers of man
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Essays on the powers of the human mind
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Vol. 3
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Essays on the active powers of man
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by Thomas Reid ; to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author
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eng
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"The division of the faculties of the human mind into Understanding and Will is very ancient, and has been very generally adopted; the former comprehending all our speculative, the latter all our active Powers. It is evidently the intention of our Maker, that man should be an active and not merely a speculative being. For this purpose, certain active powers have been given him, limited indeed in many respects, but suited to his rank and place in the creation. Our business is to manage these powers, by proposing to ourselves the best ends, planning the most proper system of conduct that is in our power, and executing it with industry and zeal. This is true wisdom; this is the very intention of our being. Every thing virtuous and praise-worthy must lie in the right use of our power; every thing vicious and blameable in the abuse of it. For in the right employment of our active power consists all the honour, dignity and worth of a man, and, in the abuse and perversion of it, all vice, corruption and depravity. We are distinguished from the brute-animals, not less by our active than by our speculative powers. The brutes are stimulated to various actions by their instincts, by their appetites, by their passions. But they seem to be necessarily determined by the strongest impulse, without any capacity of self-government. Since, therefore, the active powers of man make so important a part of his constitution, and distinguish him so eminently from his fellow animals, they deserve no less to be the subject of philosophical disquisition than his intellectual powers. A just knowledge of our powers, whether intellectual or active, is so far of real importance to us, as it aids us in the exercise of them. And every man must acknowledge, that to act properly is much more valuable than to think justly or reason acutely"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
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1710-1796
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Reid, Thomas
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illustrations
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no index present
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PQ1642.E5
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C67 1803
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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1753-1828
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  • Stewart, Dugald
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  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
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Essays on the powers of the human mind, Vol. 3, Essays on the active powers of man, by Thomas Reid ; to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, (electronic resource)
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The account of the life and writings of Thomas Reid, is by Dugald Stewart
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22 cm.
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viii, 614 p.
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electronic
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ill.
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Electronic reproduction.
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remote
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(DcWaAPA)apa05458603
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Essays on the powers of the human mind, Vol. 3, Essays on the active powers of man, by Thomas Reid ; to which is prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
The account of the life and writings of Thomas Reid, is by Dugald Stewart
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
viii, 614 p.
Form of item
electronic
Other physical details
ill.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DcWaAPA)apa05458603

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