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It remains then for me, first to state wherein Hartley differs from Aristotle ; then, to exhibit the grounds of my conviction, that he differed oniy to err; and next as the result, to show, by

sembling it, he must have had in his mind, not merely the short section on the Association of Ideas, but generaily whatever relates to the subject in the Inquiry concerning Human Understanding, from sections ii. to vii inclusively. The similar thoughts and ancient illustrations are to be founa in that part of the commentary which belongs to the treatise De Memoria et Reminiscentia (the second of the Parva Naturalia), particularly in sections v. and vi., pp. 25-6 of the Antwerp edit.

There the principles of connexion amongst ideas, and “the method and regularity” with which they present themselves to the mind, are set forth at some length, for the purpose of explaining the nature of memory and describing our mental processes in voluntary recollection and unintentional remembrance. I think, however, that the likeness to Hume's treatise, wherein Association of Ideas is subordinate and introductory to another speculation, which it was the author's principal aim to bring forward, may have been somewhat magnified in Mr. C.'s mind from the circumstance, that the commentary, in addition to what it sets forth on connexions of ideas, dwells much on certain other topics which are dwelt upon also in the Inquiry-as, the influence of custom in producing mental habits and becoming a sort of second nature; the liveliness and force of phantasmata, or images impressed on the mind by sensible things, and the distinctness and orderliness of mathematical theorems. These topics Hume handles somewhat differently from Aquinas, as his drift was different; but it is possible that the older disquisition may have suggested his thoughts on these points, though it cannot have exactiy formed them.

It is rather remarkable, if Hume had indeed read this commentary bo fore composing his own work, that he should have expressed himself thus at p. 22 _" Though it be too obvious to escape observation, that different ideas are connected together, I do not find that any philosopher has attempted to enumerate or class all the principles of Association, a subject, however, that seems worthy of curiosity.” Aquinas, in the commentary, does certainly attempt to enumerate them, though he does not classify thein exactly as Humne and other modern philosophers have done. He does not make Cause and Effect a principle of Association over and above Contiguity in Time and Place; and he mentions, as a separate influence, direct Dissimilarity or Contrast, which Hume refers to Causation and he semblance, as a mixture of the two.: in both which particulars he does but follow the leading of his text.

I will just add that in commenting on two sentences of Aristotle, quoted in a former note,-explaining why some men remember, and some things are remembered, better than others, under similar circumstances of asset ciation,--Aquinas observes, that this may happen through closer attention what influences of the choice and judgment the associative power becomes either memory or fancy; and, in conclusion, to appropriate the remaining offices of the mind to the reason, and the

and profounder knowledge, because whatever we most earnestly attend to remains most firmly impressed on the memory; and again, in accounting for false and imperfect remembrance, he states the converse fact, that by distraction of the imagination the mental impression is weakened. Lects. v. a. and vi. h. These remarks tend the same way with those in the Biographia, towards the end of chap. vii., concerning the superior vividness of certain parts of a total impression, and the power of the will to give vividness to any object whatsoever by intensifying the attention. Mr. Coleridge's aim was to show that these agents or occasioning causes of particular thoughts which have been specified, are themselves subject to a deeper law,—to the determination of the will, reason, judgment, understanding. S. C.)

[It was not till the new edition of this work was in the press that I became aware of a note, relating to chapter v. of the B. L. at the end of the Dissertation on the progress of Ethical Philosophy, by Sir J. Mackintosh, in which the author speaks as follows: “I have already acknowledged the striking resemblance of Mr. Hume's principles of association to those of Aristotle.” After showing that the story of Mr. Hume was a mistake, and how the mistake arose, he proceeds to say—“It is certain that ..

Aristotle explains recollection as depending on a general law,-that the idea of an object will remind us of the objects which immediately preceded or followed when originally perceived. But what Mr. Coleridge has not told us is, that the Stagyrite confines the application of this law exclusively to the phenomena of recollection alone, without any glimpse of a more general operation extending to all connexions of thought and feeling,

wonderful proof indeed, even so limited, of the sagacity of the great philosopher, but which for many ages continued barren of further consequences.” Perhaps Mr. C. thought, as Maasz appears to have done, that to discover the associative principle in respect of memory was obviously to discover the general law of mental association, since all connexions of thought and feeling are dependent on memory. It is difficult to conceive a man writing a treatise on Memory and Recollection without hitting on this law of association, by observing the manner in which he hunts in his mind for anything forgotten; but perhaps this remark savors of simplicity, for simple folks, when a truth is once clearly presented to them, can never again so abstract their minds from it as to conceive the possibility of its being unrecognised. “ The illustrations of Aquinas,” Sir James adds, “throw light on the original doctrine, and show that it was unenlarged in his time, &c.” (Yet Aquinas almost touches the doctrine of Hobbes when he says, reminiscentia habet similitudinem cujusdam syllogismi, quare sicut in syllogismo pervenitur ad conclusionem ex aliquibus principiis,

imagination. With my best efforts to be as perspicuous as the nature of language will permit on such a subject, I earnestly solicit the good wishes and friendly patience of my readers, while I thus go " sounding on my dim and perilous way.”

ita etiam in reminiscendo aliquis quodammodo syllogizat, &c.) “ Those of L. Vives, as quoted by Mr. C., extend no further.”

“But if Mr. Coleridge will compare the parts of Hobbes on Human Nature, which relate to this subject, with those which explain general terms, he will perceive that the philosopher of Malmesbury builds on these two foundations a general theory of the human understanding, of which reasoning is only a particular case.” This has already been admitted in note 2. Sir James seems to refer to the whole of chap. v., which begins thus: “Seeing the succession of conceptions in the mind are caused ... by the succession they had one to another when they were produced by the senses,” &c. He points out the forgetful statements of Mr. C. respecting the De Methodo, and expresses an opinion that Hobbes* and Hume might each have been unconscious that the doctrine of association was not originally his own. Either I should think had quite sagacity enough to discover it for himself; but the question is whether Hobbes was more sagacious on this part of the subject than any preceding philosopher.

Sir James makes an interesting reply to Mr. C.'s remark that he was unable to bridge over the chasm between their philosophical creeds, which I do not quote only from want of space. That Sir James was one of Mr. C.'s most intelligent readers is undeniable; yet I think it is not quite conclusive against the German doctrines,-either as to their internal character or the mode in which they have been enunciated—that they found no entrance into his mind; or at least no welcome there, or entire approval ; for are not all new doctrines, even such as are ultimately established, opposed, on their first promulgation, by some of the strongest-headed persons of the age ? S. C.]

* The language of Hobbes has somewhat of a Peripatetical sound, and when he discourses of the motions of the mind, reminds one of the Aristotelian commentator-Causa autem reminiscendi est ordo motuum, qui relinquuntur in anima ex prima impressione ejus, quod primo apprehendimus. Sir James says “the term Onpeuw is as significant as if it had been chosen by Hobbes.” This term may have led Hobbes to talk about " hunting,' "tracing," and "ranging," in the Human Nature.


That Hartley's System, as far as it differs from that of Aristotle, is

neither tenable in Theory, nor founded in Facts.

Of Hartley's hypothetical vibrations in his hypothetical oscillating ether of the nerves,' which is the first and most obvious distinction between his system and that of Aristotle, I shall say little. This, with all other similar attempts to render that an object of the sight which has no relation to sight, has been already sufficiently exposed by the younger Reimarus," Maasz, and others, as outraging the very axioms of mechanics in a scheme, the merit of which consists in its being mechanical.” Whether any other philosophy be possible, but the mechanical ; and again, whether the mechanical system can have any claim to be called philosophy; are questions for another place. It is, however, certain, that as long as we deny the former, and affirm the latter, we must bewilder ourselves, whenever we would pierce into the adyla of causation; and all that laborious conjecture can do, is

the gaps of fancy. Under that despotism of the eye (the emancipation from which Pythagoras by his numeral, and Plato, by his musical, symbols, and both by Geometric discipline, aimed at, as the first apotkidoupa of the mind)—under this strong sensuous influence, we are restless because invisible things are not the objects of vision; and metaphysical systems, for the most part, become popular, not for their truth, but in proportion as they attribute to causes a susceptibility of being seen, if only our visual organs were sufficiently powerful.

From a hundred possible confutations let one suffice. Accord

to fill up

? (Hartley, Observ. on Man, c. 1., s. 1., props. 4 and 5. Ed.] : John Albert H. Reimarus. Ed. See Note iņ the Appendix, S. C.] : (See Maasz, pr 41-2. Ed.]

ing to this system the idea or vibration a from the external object A becomes associable with the idea or vibration m from the external object M, because the oscillation a propagated itself so us to re-produce the oscillation m. But the original impression from M was essentially different from the impression A : unless therefore different causes may produce the same effect, the vibration a could never produce the vibration m: and this therefore could never be the means, by which a and m are associated. To un. derstand this, the attentive reader need only be reminded, that the ideas are themselves, in Hartley's system, nothing more than their appropriate configurative vibrations. It is a mere delusion of the fancy to conceive the pre-existence of the ideas, in any chain of association, as so many differently colored billiardballs in contact, so that when an object, the billiard-stick, strikes the first or white ball, the same motion propagates itself through the red, green, blue, and black, and sets the whole in motion. No! we must suppose the very same force, which constitutes the white ball, to constitute the red or black; or the idea of a circle to constitute the idea of a triangle; which is impossible. But it

may be said, that by the sensations from the objects A and M, the nerves have acquired a disposition to the vibrations a and m, and therefore a need only be repeated in order to re-produce m. Now we will grant, for a moment, the possibility of such a disposition in a material nerve, which yet seems scarcely less absurd than to say, that a weather-cock had acquired a habit of turning to the east, from the wind having been so long in that quarter: for if it be replied, that we must take in the circumstance of life, what then becomes of the mechanical philosophy ? And what is the nerve, but the flint which the wag placed in the pot, as the first ingredient of his stone-broth, requiring only salt, turnips, and mutton, for the remainder! But if we waive this, and pre-sup. pose the actual existence of such a disposition ; two cases are possible. Either, every idea has its own nerve and correspondent oscillation, or this is not the case. If the latter be the truth, we should gain nothing by these dispositions ; for then,

* (Maasz, pp. 32-3. Ed.]
5 [Maasz, pp. 33. Ed.)
* [For the rest of this paragraph see Maasz, pp. 33–4. Ed ]

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