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Lecture 2

LOOKING AHEAD VIA THE THREE (3) ACTS OF THE MIND Simple Apprehension (LECTURE 2) Judgment Reasoning (LECTURE 3) (LECTURE 5) .

THE MISSING LECTURE 4? On Propositions (LECTURE 4) .

SIMPLE APPREHENSION It is the operation by which we grasp the meaning of a term.  . making it present in and to our mind. but without affirming or denying anything about it. it is a mental operation by which we mentally grasp a thing.  With reference to terms.


OBJECTS OF SIMPLE APPREHENSION Materi al • The whole thing that is known by Simple Apprehension • Includes not only what we know about the thing grasped. . but all else knowable in the thing Formal • The essence or quiddity (whatness) of things. • The intellectual grasping of what a thing is.

the foundation of knowledge. Ideas are the building stones of knowledge. . Ideas are the elements that constitute whatever judgment that can be formed in our mind. and hence.THE MEANING OF CONCEPT OR IDEA   A Concept or Idea is the mental expression of an essence (quiddity) of a thing. It is the product that Simple Apprehension produces within the mind as a means of knowing the essence of things.


Smell .Taste .Sight .THE PROCESS OF IDEOGENESIS Sensible Order Thing Percept Product of Sensation .Hearing .Touch Phantasm Made up of accidental qualities of a thing Intellectual Order Abstracted Nature Dematerialized Phantasm Idea or Concept Made up of the essence of a thing Memory Stored Ideas .

.PROPERTIES OF IDEA OR TERM Comprehension • The sum total of the intelligible elements of the quiddity signified by the term. Extension • It includes the subject signified by the term.

FUNCTIONAL EXTENSION • If it sets before the mind each of the subjects it Universa signifies. . l • If it sets before the mind an indeterminate designated Particula portion of its total possible extension. r Singular • If it sets before the mind one that is designated to the individual or group.