from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Perception.

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  • verb Present participle of apperceive.


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  • Taking Pestalozzi's idea that the purpose of the teacher was to give pupils new experiences through contacts with real things, without assuming that the pupils already had such, Herbart elaborated the process by which new knowledge is assimilated in terms of what one already knows, and from his elaboration of this principle the doctrine of apperception -- that is, the apperceiving or comprehending of new knowledge in terms of the old -- has been fixed as an important principle in educational psychology.

    The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization

  • I cannot have an intuition or any other type of representation of myself as apperceiving subject other than by way of ˜I think ¦™ - type thoughts, and hence these thoughts are the original representations of this subject

    Kant's Transcendental Arguments

  • Kant's idea is that if the representations or elements of them that I can attribute to myself possess a unity of the right kind, and if I apprehend or am cognitively sensitive to this unity, then I will be able to represent the apperceiving subject of any one of them as identical with that of any other.

    Kant's Transcendental Arguments

  • Furthermore, when we are conscious of ourselves as subject and agent by doing acts of apperceiving, we do appear to ourselves to be substantial, simple and continuing.

    Kant's View of the Mind and Consciousness of Self

  • In an act of memory, therefore, the new presentation, like all new presentations, must be interpreted in terms of past experience, or by an apperceiving act of attention.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education

  • Further, the apperceiving ideas become more interesting to the pupil, when he finds that he can use them in the conquest of new fields.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education

  • The comic depends upon our apperceiving an object in terms of some idea and finding it incongruous.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • For the educator, therefore, psychology may be limited to a study of the definite states of consciousness which arise through an apperceiving act of attention, that is, to our states of experience and the processes connected therewith.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education

  • And this translation is not the result of an unusual, artificial attitude assumed for the sake of aesthetic appreciation; it is the natural mode of apperceiving force and mass.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • He has misunderstood because his mind was not prepared by making the proper apperceiving ideas explicit.

    Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education


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