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If Reason discovered them, that would not prove them innate       §8. If they mean that by the Use of Reason Men may discover
these Principles; and that this is sufficient to prove them innate;
their way of arguing will stand thus, (viz.) That whatever Truths
Reason can certainly discover to us, and make us firmly assent to,
those are all naturally imprinted on the Mind; since that universal
Assent, which is made the Mark of them, amounts to no more but
this; That by the use of Reason, we are capable to come to a certain
Knowledge of, and assent to them; and by this Means there will be
no difference between the Maxims of the Mathematicians, and
Theorems they deduce from them: All must be equally allow’d
innate, they being all Discoveries made by the use of Reason, and
Truths that a rational Creature may certainly come to know, if he
apply his Thoughts rightly that Way.
Locke Hum I, 2, §8, p. 51