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One and One, equal to Two, etc. not general nor useful, answered.       §20. If it be said, that these Propositions, viz. Two and Two are
equal to Four; Red is not Blue, etc. are not general Maxims, nor of any
great use. I answer, That makes nothing to the Argument of uni-
versal assent, upon hearing and understanding. For if that be the
certain mark of innate, whatever Proposition can be found, that
receives general assent, as soon as heard and understood, that must
be admitted for an innate Proposition, as well as this Maxim, That it
is impossible for the same thing to be, and not to be, they being upon this
Ground equal. And as to the difference of being more general, that
makes this Maxim more remote from being innate; those general
and abstract Ideas, being more strangers to our first Apprehensions,
than those of more particular self-evident Propositions; and there-
fore, ’tis longer before they are admitted and assented to by the
growing Understanding. And as to the usefulness of these magnified
Maxims, that perhaps will not be found so great as is generally con-
ceived, when it comes in its due place to be more fully considered.
Locke Hum I, 2, §20, p. 58