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The Dedication.
Epistle to the Reader.
Life of the Author.




The Introdualion. 1. An Inquiry into the Understanding, pleasant and useful. 2. Design. 3. Method. 4. Useful to know the Extent of our Comprehenfion. 5. Our Capacity proportioned to our State and concerns,

to discover things useful to us. 6. Knowing the Extent of our Capacities, will hinder us

from useless Curiosity, Scepticism, and Idlenefs. 7. Occasion of this Essay. 8. What Idea stands for.


No Innate Speculative Principles.


sufficient to prove

1. The Way shown how we come by any Knowledge,

it not inpate. 2. General Assent, the great Argument. 3. Universal Consent, proves nothing innate. 4. What is, is; and it is imposible for the same thing to be

and not to be; not universally assented to. 5. Not on the Mind naturally imprinted, because not

known to Children, Idiots, &c. 6, 7. That Men know them when they come to the Use

of Reason, answered.

1 .

8. If Reason discovered them, that would not prove them

innate. 9-11. It is false, that Reason discovers them. 12. The coming to the Use of Reason, not the Time we

come to know-thefe Maxims. 13. By this, they are not distinguished from other knowable

Truths. 14. If coming to the Use of Reason, were the Time of their

Discovery, it would not prove them innate. 15, 16. The Steps by which the Mind attains several Truths. 17. Affenting as soon as proposed and understood, proves

them not innate. 18. If such an Allent be a Mark of innate, then that One

and Two are equal to Three ; that Sweetness is not

Bitterness; and a thousand the like, must be innate. 19. Such less general Propositions known before these uni

versal Maxims. 20. One and One equal to Two, &c. not general nor use.

ful, answered. 21. These Maxims not being known sometimes till proposed,

proves them not innate. 22. Implicitly known before proposing, fignifies that the

Mind is capable of understanding them, or else fig

nifies nothing. 23. The Argument of assenting on first hearing, is upon a

false lupposition of no precedent teaching. 24. Not innate, because not universally assented to. 25. These Maxims not the first known. 26. And so not innate. 27. Not innate, because they appear least, where what is in

nate shows itself clcarest. 28. Recapitulation.


No Innate Practical Principles.

No moral Principles so clear and so generally received,

as the forementioned fpeculative Maxims. Faith and Justice not owned as Principles by all Men. Obj. Though Men deny them in their Practice, yet

they admit them in their Thoughts, answered.

Moral Rules need a Proof, ergo not innate.
5. lpstance in keeping Compacts.
6. Virtue generally approved, not because innate, but be-

cause profitable.
7. Mens actions convince us, that the Rule of Virtue is

not their Internal Principle.
8. Conscience no Proof of any innate moral Rule.
9. Instances of Enormities practised without Remorse.
10. Men have contrary practical Principles.
11-13. Whole Nations reject several moral Rules.
14. Those who maintain innate practical Principles, tell us

not what they are.
15-19. Lord Herbert's innate Principles examined.
20. Obj. Innate Principles may be corrupted, answered.
21. Contrary Principles in the World.
22-26. How Men commonly come by their Principles.
27. Principles must be examined.


Oiber Confiderations about innate Principles, both speculative

and pra&ical.
1. Principles not innate, unless their Ideas be innate.
2, 3. Ideas, especially those belonging to Principles, not

born with children.
4, 5. Identity, an Idea not innate.
6. Whole and Part, not innate Ideas.
7. Idea of Worship, not innate.
8-11. Idea of God, not innate.
12. Suitable to God's goodness, that all men should have an

Idea of him, therefore naturally imprinted by him ;

13-16. Ideas of God various in different men.
17. If the Idea of God be not innate, no other can be sup-

posed innate,
18. Idea of Substance, not innate.
19. No Propofitions can be innate, fince no ideas are innate.
20. No Ideas are remembered till after they have been in-

21. Principles not innate, because of little Use or little Cer-


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