This article will describe, in two installments, the introductory course in philosophy offered each year in the College of the Academy of the New Church.
The philosophical works of Swedenborg confirm much that is said in his theological Writings as to the difference between human thinking and the imaginative and sensory powers of animals. “All things of human thought and speech are analytical” (AC 4658). Man can think analytically and see not only natural but spiritual truths (DLW 247). Even the higher animals cannot think analytically or “ in successive order,” but they comprehend instinctively and “ simultaneously” the things belonging to their love (DLW 255). Animals have instinct, connate perception, and thence imagination (R. Ps. 30, 109, 113, 386).