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1849 Excerpt: ...in a word, pure and absolute ideas; and in this
case would you rob him of his imagination? We do not affirm that
the theory we combat is wrongfully founded, if it relies on mere
language; but language, to be worth any thing, must be simply the
reflection of thought. Now, if human thought attributes imagination
to every kind of association of sentiments, and of ideas, then
thought is arrayed against language, and by consequence against the
system we attack. Philosophers of the sensational school have
written pages about the imagination, which cannot satisfy the mind
if it does not put every thought into the forms of common language.
According to this school, this is the origin and process of the
imagination: in the presence of a physical object I experience a
sensation; this sensation is preserved when the object is removed,
and is called memory: from time to time a part of the memory grows
weak, whilst another part retains its strength; this condition of
it is abstraction, which is, therefore, only sensation become
partial. Now, with the part of the sensation retained, let there be
associated other images and thoughts, that is to say, if the theory
be consistent, other fragments of sensation; and we thus obtain
imagination. So that imagination is explained by association,
association by mem-We might have supposed, that nearly every one
would have allowed sensation to be but very remotely connected with
imagination; from whose instantaneous, far-darting glance into what
is unknown, rather than into what is seen and felt, one would refer
the origin of imagination to the supersensuous. ory, and memory by
sensation: nothing can be more clear than this system, bnt, in
return, nothing can be more false. First of all, it takes no
account of the will, which is a pr...
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