"Do you understand how your Soul ... preserves its Treasure of Ideas, to produce them at pleasure"?

— Trotter, Catherine, later Cockburn, (1674?-1749)

Place of Publication
Printed for Will Turner and John Nutt
"Do you understand how your Soul ... preserves its Treasure of Ideas, to produce them at pleasure"?
Metaphor in Context
I do not understand (says he) how the Soul if she be at any time utterly without Thoughts, what it is that produces the first Thought again, at the end of that unthinking Interval. And what then? Must we therefore conclude it cannot be done? If that be a good Argument, we must deny the most common and visible Operations in Nature. Do you understand how your Soul thinks at all? How it passes from one Thought to another? How it preserves its Treasure of Ideas, to produce them at pleasure [on Co... ]ons? And recollects those it had [...] time Reflected on? How it moves [y... body] or is affected by it? These are Operations which I suppose you are not to [Sc..p..c.l] to doubt of, nor yet pretend to understand how they are done: And since we are certain that the Soul is affected with all the [...] Changes of the Body, that it is Sick and in pain, and unable to perform [....] according as the Body is disorder'd, since we so sensibly perceive ti to become Drowsy when the Body is so; so many degrees abated of its Action, even to very near not thinking at all, from that intenseness and vigour of Thought it had, and recovers when the Body is refreshed with Sleep; whatever is the Cause of these Effects, whether some immediate Connexion between them, or an Arbitrary Law of their Union, where is the difficulty to conceive that the same Cause which lulls it almost, shou'd lay it quite to rest and awaken it again with the Body?
(pp. 31-2)
Reading Trotter in ECCO
Only 1 entry in ESTC (1702).

Text transcribed from Catharine Trotter, A Defence of the Essay of Human Understanding, Written by Mr. Lock. Wherein Its Principles With Reference to Morality, Reveal'd Religion, and the Immortality of the Soul, [Sic] Are Consider'd and Justify'd: In Answer to Some Remarks on That Essay. (London: Printed for Will Turner and John Nutt, 1702. <Link to ESTC>
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.