"We live in an age in which the reflecting portion of mankind are much addicted to the contemplation of the works of nature. It is the object of the author in this Treatise to "interrogate nature," with the view of making her utter her voice in answer to some of the most important questions which the inquiring spirit of man can put. To guard against misapprehension, he wishes it to be understood that he treats in this book of the Method of the Divine Government in the world rather than in the Church; of the ordinary providence of God rather than his extraordinary dealings towards his redeemed people." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).
"Explores cognitive functions in psychology. The book is divided into 3 sections, each examining a different cognitive process. The first section examines simple cognitive or presentative powers. It is argued that these are so called because they give knowledge in its simplest form (in the singular and concrete) and because the objects are now present and presented. Sense perception and self consciousness are discussed. The second section refers to the reproductive or representative powers, which include retention, fantasy, association of ideas, recognitive power, the power of composition, and the symbolic power. The last section involves comparative powers, defined as the mental power which notices the relations of objects and binds them in apprehension. Relations are classified (relation of identity and difference, whole and parts, resemblance, space, time, quantity, active power, and cause and effect), and discursive operations and intuition in the discovery of relations are discussed"--Publisher. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).