"The Active Powers," in contrast with the
"Intellectual" or "Cognitive" powers, were regarded as the
powers concerned with human action, as contrasted with thought.
The designations are inappropriate, inasmuch as the intellectual
powers are eminently active, and the moral powers must include
intellectual as a first requisite (Reid's Intellectual Powers, essay I. ch. VII.; Reid's Active Powers, introd., and essay
I. ch. I.; Stewart's
Philosophy of the Active and Moral
Powers of Man, Introd. Works, VI. 117; Hamilton's Reid, notes 242A, 511A).