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Quotes by Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander, 1859-1938. British philosopher, one of the few 20th-century philosophers to develop a comprehensive metaphysical system. Born in Sydney, Australia, his study concerned relating philosophy to discoveries in experimental psychology. His major work, Space, Time, and Deity (1920), defines space-time as the cosmic system from which categories of existence evolve in an infinite series; this order tends toward an end, which he termed Deity. Within that context, Alexander dealt with traditional philosophical problems, including the relation of mind and body, moral values, and the nature of knowledge.

  • 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.
  • Instinct has introduced us to the existence of a qualifying or tied conative tendency.
  • It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name.
  • Now the acts of expecting and remembering are the theoretical or speculative forms of the same conative activity which in its practical form is desire.
  • Psychology is the science of the act of experiencing, and deals with the whole system of such acts as they make up mental life.
  • The great usefulness of speculation for mental life lies in its thus suspending practice and introducing consideration.
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