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Principles not innate, because of little use, or little certainty.       §21. Besides what I have already said, there is another Reason,
why I doubt, that neither these, nor any other Principles are in-
nate. I that am fully perswaded, that the infinitely Wise GOD made
all Things in perfect Wisdom, cannot satisfy my self, why he should
be supposed to print upon the minds of Men, some universal
Principles; whereof those that are pretended innate, and concern
Speculation, are of no great use; and those that concern Practice, not self-
evident; and neither of them distinguishable from some other Truths, not
allowed to be innate. For to what purpose should Characters be graven
on the Mind, by the Finger of God, which are not clearer there,
than those, which are afterwards introduced, or cannot be distin-
guish’d from them? If any one thinks there are such innate Ideas and
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Propositions, which by their clearness and usefulness, are distin-
guishable from all that is adventitious in the mind, and acquired, it
will not he a hard matter for him to tell us, which they are; and then
every one will be a fit Judge, whether they be so, or no. Since if
there be such innate Ideas and Impressions, plainly different from all
our other perceptions and knowledge, every one will find it true in
himself. Of the evidence of these supposed innate Maxims, I have
spoken already; of their usefulness, I shall have occasion to speak
more hereafter.
Locke Hum I, 4, §21, pp. 98-99