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Such less general Propositions known before these universal Maxims.       §19. Nor let it be said, That those more particular self-evident
Propositions, which are assented to at first hearing, as, That One and
Two are equal to Three; That Green is not Red, etc. are received as the
Consequences of those more universal Propositions, which are
look’d on as innate Principles: since any one, who will but take the
Pains to observe what passes in the Understanding, will certainly
find, That these, and the like less general Propositions, are certainly
known and firmly assented to, by those, who are utterly ignorant
of those more general Maxims; and so, being earlier in the Mind
than those (as they are called) first Principles, cannot owe to them
the Assent, wherewith they are received at first hearing.
Locke Hum I, 2, §19, p. 58