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[…] when Men, so instructed, are grown up, and reflect on their own Minds, they cannot find any thing more ancient there, than those Opinions, which were taught them, before their Memory began to keep a Register of their Actions, or date the time, when any new thing appeared to them; and therefore make no scruple to conclude, That those Propositions, of whose knowledge they can find in themselves no original, were certainly the impress of God and Nature upon theirs Minds; and not taught them by any one else. […] [§ 23, l. 3–11]

JOHN LOCKE. How Men commonly come by their Principles. § 22–26. In: No innate Practical Principles. Chapter 3. In: Of Innate Notions. Book 1. In: An Essay concerning Human Understanding. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975.


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