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Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

The rejection of halfway points between existence and nonexistence that characterized Thomas's treatment of creation found wider applications in the works of the eighteenth-century philosopher Thomas Reid. In discussing "conception," Reid distinguished this "operation of the mind" from others by the fact that whereas "the powers of sensation, of perception, of memory, and of consciousness [introspection] are all employed solely about objects that do exist, or have existed … conception is often employed about objects that neither do, nor did, nor will exist" (Essays on the Intellectual Power of Man, Essay IV). It is important, he said, to "distinguish between that act or operation of the mind, which we call conceiving an object, and the object that we conceive." The former always exists; the latter need not. The notion that it must has led some philosophers to interpose between the act and the object...

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