Date of publication: 2017-08-25 09:55
Now, take which of these suppositions you please, it is impossible to make personal identity to consist in anything but consciousness or reach any further than that does.
Besides this, the bookseller will think it necessary I should advertise the reader that there is an addition of two chapters wholly new the one of the Association of Ideas, the other of Enthusiasm. These, with some other larger additions never before printed, he has engaged to print by themselves, after the same manner, and for the same purpose, as was done when this Essay had the second impression.
As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child : even so thou knowest not the works of God, who maketh all things. – Eccles. .
68. By this they are not distinguished from other knowable truths. In the mean time it is observable, that this saying, that men know and assent to these maxims "when they come to the use of reason," amounts in reality of fact to no more but this, – that they are never known nor taken notice of before the use of reason, but may possibly be assented to some time after, during a man’s life but when is uncertain. And so may all other knowable truths, as well as these which therefore have no advantage nor distinction from others by this note of being known when we come to the use of reason nor are thereby proved to be innate, but quite the contrary.
It is really easy to get lost when you are writing something as vague and as perspective-oriented as an essay about yourself. People tend to choose a number of themes of who they are and try to describe them all.
6. That men know them when they come to the use of reason, answered. To avoid this, it is usually answered, that all men know and assent to them, when they come to the use of reason and this is enough to prove them innate. I answer :
I have been told that a short Epitome of this Treatise, which was printed in 6688, was by some condemned without reading, because innate ideas were denied in it they too hastily concluding, that if innate ideas were not supposed, there would be little left either of the notion or proof of spirits. If any one take the like offence at the entrance of this Treatise, I shall desire him to read it through and then I hope he will be convinced, that the taking away false foundations is not to the prejudice but advantage of truth, which is never injured or endangered so much as when mixed with, or built on, falsehood.
In the Sixth Edition there is very little added or altered. The greatest part of what is new is contained in the twenty-first chapter of the second book, which any one, if he thinks it worth while, may, with a very little labour, transcribe into the margin of the former edition.
The most considerable of those belonging to the touch are heat and cold, and solidity all the rest consisting almost wholly in the sensible configuration, as smooth and rough or else more or less firm adhesion of the parts, as hard and soft, tough and brittle are obvious enough.
But because a man is not permitted without censure to follow his own thoughts in the search of truth, when they lead him ever so little out of the common road, I shall set down the reasons that made me doubt of the truth of that opinion, as an excuse for my mistake, if I be in one which I leave to be considered by those who, with me, dispose themselves to embrace truth wherever they find it.
75. Consciousness unites substances, material or spiritual, with the same personality. I agree, the more probable opinion is, that this consciousness is annexed to, and the affection of, one individual immaterial substance.
Secondly, it seems to me plainly to prove, that the truest and best notions men have of God were not imprinted, but acquired by thought and meditation, and a right use of their faculties: since the wise and considerate men of the world, by a right and careful employment of their thoughts and reason, attained true notions in this as well as other things whilst the lazy and inconsiderate part of men, making far the greater number, took up their notions by chance, from common tradition and vulgar conceptions, without much beating their heads about them. And if it be a reason to think the notion of God innate, because all wise men had it, virtue too must be thought innate for that also wise men have always had.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding , YLEM, Vol. 65, , August, p. 9 also published on the Internet in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 8, No. 8, August 6995, MIT Press.
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