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Infinite Divisibility.       §12. And since in any bulk of Matter, our Thoughts can never
arrive at the utmost Divisibility, therefore there is an apparent
Infinity to us also in that, which has the Infinity also of Number,
but with this difference, That in the former Considerations of the
Infinity of Space and Duration, we only use Addition of Numbers;
whereas this is like the division of an Unite into its Fractions,
wherein the Mind also can proceed in infinitum, as well as in the
former Additions, it being indeed but the Addition still of new
Numbers: though in the Addition of the one, we can have no more
the positive Idea of a Space infinitely great, than in the Division of
the other, we can have the Idea of a Body infinitely little; our Idea of
Infinity being, as I may so say, a growing and fugitive Idea, still in
a boundless Progression, that can stop no where.
Locke Hum II, 17, §12, p. 216