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Suppose therefore a person to have enjoyed his sight for thirty years, and with colours of blue, for instance, Let to all have become perfectly well acquainted one particular shade of kinds, excepting which it never has been his fortune to meet the different shades of that colour, except that single one, be plac d before him, descending gradually from the deepest to the lightest; tis plain, that he will perceive a with. all is wanting, and will be sensible, that a greater distance in that place betwixt the contiguous Now I ask, whether tis possible colours, than in any other.

And we may here add, that these proposi and that whatever objects separable are also distinguishable, and that whatever For how objects are distinguishable are also different. tions are equally true in the inverse, are we can separate what is not distinguishable, or what is not In order therefore to different? distinguish know, whether abstraction implies a separation, we need only consider it in this view, and examine, whether all the circum stances, which we abstract from in our general ideas, be such as are distinguishable and different from those, which we retain as essential parts of them.

3. After identity the most universal relations are those of Space of an infinite and comprehensive and Time, which are the sources number of comparisons, such as distant, conti guous, above, below, before, after, &c. 4. All those objects, which admit of quantity, or number, BOOK OF THE UNDERSTANDING. I. may be compar d fertile in that particular which another very SECT. VI. is source of relation. When any two 5. ; 15 objects possess the same quality in com- an of relation. which they possess it, form a fifth species Thus of two objects, which are both heavy, the one may be either of greater, or less weight mon, the degrees, in Two other.

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