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Chapter IV

Other Considerations concerning innate Principles,
both speculative and practical.
Principles not innate, unless their Ideas be innate       §1. Had those, who would perswade us, that there are innate
Principles, not taken them together in gross; but considered,
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separately, the parts, out of which those Propositions are made,
they would not, perhaps, have been so forward to believe they were
innate. Since, if the Ideas, which made up those Truths, were not, it
was impossible, that the Propositions, made up of them, should be
innate, or our Knowledge of them be born with us. For if the Ideas
be not innate, there was a time, when the Mind was without those
Principles; and then, they will not be innate, but be derived from
some other Original. For, where the Ideas themselves are not, there
can be no Knowledge, no Assent, no Mental, or Verbal Propositions
about them.
Locke Hum I, 4, §1, pp. 84-85