Certainly knowledge is a faculty, and the mightiest of all faculties.
Nay, he replied, that has been already disproven; if difference in faculty implies difference in the sphere or subject matter, and if, as we were saying, opinion and knowledge are distinct faculties, then the sphere of knowledge and of opinion cannot be the same.
But were we not saying before, that if anything appeared to be of a sort which is and is not at the same time, that sort of thing would appear also to lie in the interval between pure being and absolute not-being; and that the corresponding faculty is neither knowledge nor ignorance, but will be found in the interval between them?
Then what remains to be discovered is the object which partakes equally of the nature of being and not-being, and cannot rightly be termed either, pure and simple; this unknown term, when discovered, we may truly call the subject of opinion, and assign each to its proper faculty, -the extremes to the faculties of the extremes and the mean to the faculty of the mean.
Yes; and we had before agreed that anything of this kind which we might find was to be described as matter of opinion, and not as matter of knowledge; being the intermediate flux which is caught and detained by the intermediate faculty.
On the other side, what had the Dean of Faculty
Fancy may for convenience be considered as a distinct faculty
, though it is really the lighter, partly superficial, aspect of Imagination.
The house is too gloomy and lonesome; the shop is full of vexations; and as for me, I have no faculty
of making things look brighter than they are.
In short, he possesses exactly that analytical faculty
to which I alluded just now.
This is, indeed, no other than the faculty
of seeing what is before your eyes, and of drawing conclusions from what you see.
A man of rude health and flowing spirits has the faculty of rapid domestication, lives in his wagon and roams through all latitudes as easily as a Calmuc.
No man can antedate his experience, or guess what faculty or feeling a new object shall unlock, any more than he can draw to-day the face of a person whom he shall see to-morrow for the first time.