Psychology down the Ages - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER VI
MODERN "INTELLIGENCE"

§ 1. View of Common Sense. § 2. Appropriation by Biology. § 3. Mental Tests and their Equivocality. § 4. The Problem of Concomitance. § 5. Upshot.


§ 1. View of Common Sense

The preceding lofty, but in the end not too felicitous, conceptions of Intellect had been, as mentioned, the handiwork of the philosophers. And accordingly, they had been obtained by the method which these favour: that of long and profound rumination.

But this fact of demanding arduous thought would hardly commend such conceptions to the plain man. His reaction in these circumstances was not indeed to combat them, but to put them reverently aside. For his own workaday purposes, he substituted what he called "intelligence". Originally the two words, as their construction shows, meant the same thing viewed from different aspects; the intellect was the permanent power, capacity, or faculty; whereas the intelligence (from the present participle) was this power in its occasional actual exercise; as said by Aquinas, "this word intelligence properly signifies the intellects' very act, which is to understand". Naturally enough, the power rather than the exercise would appeal to the philosopher, bent as he is on determining how far the human mind can conceivably extend its sway. But the actual exercise of this power here and now is what matters for practical purposes. Accordingly, not "intellect" but "intelligence"

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