George Boole pp 157-161 | Cite as

On Belief in Its Relation to the Understanding

  • Ivor Grattan-Guinness
  • Gérard Bornet
Part of the Science Networks · Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 20)


As it is impossible for us to define the elementary sensations and emotions of the mind, it is equally impossible for us to define its elementary acts and operations. And as all the knowledge that we can express of the former is confined to their relations, so likewise is our knowledge of the latter. We may indeed feel what it is to will, to believe, to admire, but we cannot in language describe this consciousness. We can only state the general laws and relations to which those several acts and emotions of the mind are subject with reference to themselves individually and with reference to each other


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© Springer Basel AG 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivor Grattan-Guinness
    • 1
  • Gérard Bornet
    • 2
  1. 1.Middlesex UniversityMiddlesexGreat Britain
  2. 2.Philosophisches SeminarUniversité MiséricordeFribourgSwitzerland

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