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BOOK I.-CHAP. I.
OF INNATE NOTIONS,
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.
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.
not their Internal Principle.
not what they are.
Oiber Confiderations about innate Principles, both speculative
born with children.
Idea of him, therefore naturally imprinted by him ;