COMBINATION AND CONNECTION OF IDEAS
COMBINATION AND CONNECTION OF IDEAS are phrases to be found in bk.
XXXIII. of Locke's Essay, in which he treats of what is more commonly called
Association of Ideas (q.v.).
The phrase Association of Ideas seems to have been introduced by Locke. It
stands as the title to one of his chapters in his Essay on the Human
Understanding. But in the body of the chapter he uses the phrase combination of
ideas. These two phrases have reference to the two views which may be taken of
the train of thought in the mind. In both, under ideas are comprehended all the various modes of consciousness. In treating of
the association of ideas, the inquiry is as to the laws which regulate the
succession or order according to which one thought follows another. But it has
been observed that the various modes of consciousness not only succeed in some
kind of order, but that they incorporate themselves with one another so as to
form permanent and almost indissoluble combinations.— V. ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS.