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Proposition

certain mark of an innate Principle? If it be not, such a general

assent is in vain urged as a Proof of them: If it be said, that it is

a mark of innate, they must then allow all such Propositions to be

innate, which are generally assented to as soon as heard, whereby

they will find themselves plentifully stored with innate Principles.

For upon the same ground (

understanding the Terms, That Men would have those Maxims

pass for innate, they must also admit several Propositions about

Numbers, to be innate: And thus,

the like Propositions in Numbers, that every Body assents to, at

first hearing, and understanding the Terms, must have a place

amongst these innate Axioms. Nor is this the Prerogative of

Numbers alone, and Propositions made about several of them: But

even natural Philosophy, and all the other Sciences afford Propo-

sitions, which are sure to meet with Assent, as soon as they are

understood.

that no Body any more sticks at, than at this Maxim,

and a Million of other such Propositions, as many at least, as we

have distinct

knowing what the Names stand for, must necessarily assent to. If

then these Men will be true to their own Rule, and have

must allow, not only as many innate Propositions, as Men have

distinct

different

wherein one different

Assent at first hearing and understanding the Terms, as this

general one,

is the Foundation of it, and is the easier understood of the two,

innate Propositions of this one sort, without mentioning any other.

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But since no Proposition can be innate, unless the it is, be innate, This will be, to suppose all our

Sounds, Tastes, Figures,

any thing more opposite to Reason and Experience. Universal and

ready assent, upon hearing and understanding the Terms, is (I

grant) a mark of self-evidence: but self-evidence, depending not on

innate Impressions, but on something else (as we shall shew here-

after) belongs to several Propositions, which no Body was yet so

extravagant, as to pretend to be innate.

Locke* Hum* I, 2, §18, pp. 56-57-58