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these Principles; and that this is sufficient to prove them innate;

their way of arguing will stand thus, (

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