“O, no! the apprehension of the good/Gives but the greater feeling to the worse.”*

*from Shakespeare’s Richard II (1595): Act 1, Scene 3.

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

“apprehension (n.)

late 14c., “perception, comprehension,” from Old French apreension “comprehension, something learned” or directly from Latin apprehensionem (nominative apprehensio) “a seizing upon, laying hold of; understanding,” noun of action from past-participle stem of apprehendere “take hold of, grasp” physically or mentally, from ad “to” (see ad-) + prehendere “to seize.” This is a compound of prae– “before” (see pre-) + –hendere, from PIE root *ghend “to seize, take.”

The sense of “seizure on behalf of authority” is 1570s; that of “anticipation” (usually with dread), “fear of the future” is from c. 1600.”

From Wikipedia:

“Since (Alfred North) Whitehead(1861-1947)’s metaphysics described a universe in which all entities experience, he needed a new way of describing perception that was not limited to living, self-conscious beings. The term he coined was “prehension,” which comes from the Latin prehensio, meaning “to seize”. The term is meant to indicate a kind of perception that can be conscious or unconscious, applying to people as well as electrons. It is also intended to make clear Whitehead’s rejection of the theory of representativeperception, in which the mind only has private ideas about other entities. For Whitehead, the term “prehension” indicates that the perceiver actually incorporates aspects of the perceived thing into itself. In this way, entities are constituted by their perceptions and relations, rather than being independent of them. Further, Whitehead regards perception as occurring in two modes, causal efficacy (or “physical prehension”) and presentational immediacy (or “conceptual prehension”).”

From Chapter I of Colin McGinn’s Prehension (2015):

“…I decided to call the book Prehension (not The Intelligent Hand
or Hand and Mind or some such) for two reasons. One is that I
wanted to fasten onto a particular function of the hand, namely
gripping or grasping, which I regard as especially important. The
other is that the hand is not the only prehensive organ in nature
and I wanted to consider the role of prehension in evolution
more generally (the mouth and the mind, in particular). The
hand for humans is the dominant prehensive organ, but prehen-
sion itself is a much broader phenomenon. Still, the hand will
play an absolutely central theoretical role in what follows, since
we are concerned mainly with the human species…”

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