Index for Chapter VII

Of Maxims

1. Maxims or axioms are self-evident propositions.
2. Wherein that self-evidence consists.
3. Self-evidence not peculiar to received axioms.
4. I.
5. II.
6. III.
7. IV.
8. These axioms do not much influence our other knowledge.
9. Because maxims or axioms are not the truths we first knew.
10. Because on perception of them the other parts of our knowledge do not depend.
11. What use these general maxims or axioms have.
12. Maxims, if care he not taken in the use of words, may prove contradictions.
13. Instance in vacuum.
14. But they prove not the existence of things without us.
15. They cannot add to our knowledge of substances, and their application to complex ideas is dangerous.
16. Instance in demonstrations about man, which can only be verbal.
17. Another instance.
18. A third instance.
19. Little use of these maxims in proofs where we have clear and distinct ideas.
20. Their use dangerous, where our ideas are not determined.

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