NATURE AND DIVISIONS OF IDEAL FEELING.
Ideal vs. Sensuous Feeling. Is there an inner, or feeling, side to the world of ideas? Are we sensible of degrees of feeling in the phases of the apperceptive process? The simple answer of consciousness is, yes; and there is opened before us the great class of feelings called ideal. Ideal feelings, therefore, are the modifications of sensibility which accompany the exercise of the apperceptive function.
Ideal feeling is then, as Hodgson says, a new kind of sensibility accompanying a now kind of nervous process. The apperceptive function has its organic basis in some kind of a brain process which represents the combining of special centers in the hemispheres and the dynamic union of their energies. If the function performed by the attention is new, so also are the modes of mental excitement which attach to its different phases.
Ideal Feelings as Special and Common. The analogy of sensuous feeling serves us to indicate another distinction. Besides certain special feelings--sensations--which are brought about by the exercise of particular organic functions, we found a great fund of common sensibility-- organic feeling--which seemed to belong to the living being as an organism. The motor feelings were found everywhere--the muscles being the most general outlet for the nervous process which brings feeling about. So upon an examination of the "feelings of ideas," we are able to make an analogous distinction. On the one side there are the special kinds of mental excitement, which are developed in connection with particular synthetic processes: memory yields regret, remorse, pride; imagination throws
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Publication information: Book title: Elements of Psychology. Contributors: James Mark Baldwin - Author. Publisher: H. Holt and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1893. Page number: 241.
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