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Page 57 - This power which the mind has thus to order the consideration of any idea, or the forbearing to consider it; or to prefer the motion of any part of the body to its rest, and vice versa, in any particular instance; is that which we call the will. The actual exercise of that power, by directing any particular action, or its forbearance, is that which we call volition or willing.
Page 204 - I mean there is such a knowledge within our reach which we cannot miss, if we will but apply our minds to that, as we do to several other .inquiries.
Page 160 - By which it is plain, that every step in reasoning that produces knowledge has intuitive certainty ; which when the mind perceives, there is no more required, but to remember it to make the agreement or disagreement of the ideas, concerning which we inquire, visible and certain. So that to...
Page 102 - As far as we can comprehend thinking, thus ideas seem to be produced in our minds; or if they are not, this may serve to explain their following one another in an habitual train when once they are put into that track, as well as it does to explain such motions of the body.
Page 58 - All the actions that we have any idea of, reducing themselves, as has been said, to these two, viz. thinking and motion, so far as a man has a power to think or not to think, to move or not to move, according to the preference or direction of his own mind, so far is a man free.
Page 247 - Whatever God hath revealed is certainly true : no doubt can be made of it. This is the proper object of faith ; but whether it be a divine revelation or no, reason must judge...
Page 202 - If therefore we know there is some real being, and that non-entity cannot produce any real being, it is an evident demonstration, that from eternity there has been something; since what was not from eternity, had a beginning; and what had a beginning, must be produced by something else.
Page 104 - ... are by education, custom, and the constant din of their party, so coupled in their minds, that they always appear there together; and they can no more separate them in their thoughts, than if they were but one idea, and they operate as if they were so.